It wasn’t the best start to the second stanza of Adrian Peterson’s illustrious NFL career Monday.
Not only did Peterson’s new team, the New Orleans Saints, lose to his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, but Peterson was a major storyline for reasons no player ever wants to be.
Peterson was buried in the Saints’ game plan. He had just 18 yards on six carries in his return to Minnesota. There was footage of Peterson yelling at New Orleans coach Sean Payton on the sideline shortly before halftime. Both Peterson and Payton have since denied Peterson was woofing at his coach.
So, after Peterson was an afterthought in the offense and there was signs of possible friction, the speculation of Peterson leaving has already begun. During halftime, ESPN commentator Charles Woodson said the New York Giants should call the Saints about trading for Peterson. After sleeping on it, Woodson added the Green Bay Packers to his list.
Frankly, we’re probably not close to the point where the Saints consider ending the Peterson experiment, but if they are willing to let him go, here are some teams that could show some interest:
Arizona: It’s tough times in Arizona. Star running back David Johnson is reportedly out for the next two to three months. It’s so bad the Cardinals just re-signed Chris Johnson. Peterson is 32 and is on the back nine like Johnson, but Peterson is probably better.
Baltimore: The Ravens’ offense needs big help and the backfield is injured. The Ravens would put Peterson right to work.
Cleveland: Going to the Browns likely wouldn’t thrill Peterson at this point of his career, but the Browns were inept in the run game in Week 1. Peterson probably would get a lot of carries here. Browns coach Hue Jackson would likely handle Peterson well.
Dallas: Who knows where this Ezekiel Elliott legal mess is headed? But even as a backup, Peterson may be happy in his native Texas.
Green Bay: Woodson may be on to something. The Packers could use a veteran presence in the offensive backfield. Peterson likely wouldn’t be the work horse there, just as he probably isn’t going to be in New Orleans.
New England: The Patriots brought Peterson in for a visit in the offseason. The Patriots probably don’t need another running back. What they need is another receiver, but this is an ensemble offense. If the Patriots think Peterson can help this offense, they could revisit the idea.
New York Giants: The Giants need a veteran presence in the offensive backfield as much as any team. ESPN reported Monday night that Peterson had interest in the Giants earlier this year, but the Giants did not have interest in him. Desperate times may change that.
New York Jets: The Jets need help everywhere. However, Peterson likely wouldn’t go to the Jets if it were his choice.
Philadelphia: The Eagles probably wouldn’t want both LeGarrette Blount and Peterson, but getting a solid running attack is the key to making this Carson Wentz-led offense consistently dangerous.
Seattle: The Seahawks have a lot of running backs, but they lacked a spark in a Week 1 loss at Green Bay. The biggest problem here is the offensive line. No one will be effective behind that line until Seattle figures it out.
Tampa Bay: This has been considered a possible fit for Peterson all along. He would be a good addition to a dangerous offense if things continue to go south in New Orleans and the Saints, indeed, decide to jettison Peterson.
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