Nearly three weeks into free agency, and running back Adrian Peterson remains unemployed. But his joblessness may not last for long.
According to head coach Ben McAdoo, the New York Giants may very well have Peterson on their radar.
McAdoo responded with “never say never” when asked directly about the idea of bringing Peterson to the squad. He elaborated a bit on Peterson’s qualities.
“He’s a guy who’s a very talented player, and he has a chip on his shoulder,” McAdoo said, per Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk. “And if he can stay healthy he has a lot to offer.”
Peterson’s health is definitely key. He has been quite resilient in terms of returning from injury in the past. But the seven-time Pro Bowler is also 32 years old and has a total of 13,692 yards on his legs.
Peterson, an original first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, is experiencing free agency for the first time in his career.
As for the Giants, they definitely have the need for somebody of Peterson’s caliber. They ranked 29th in the NFL in rushing last season and scored a total of six touchdowns on the ground.
Peterson’s going price is a stout $8 million per year. Clearly, this is a major stumbling block for any teams thinking about reaching out.