Adrian Peterson, New Orleans Saints closing in on deal


Discussions about free agent running back Adrian Peterson have cooled as the draft approaches, but at least one team remains interested.

The NFL Network reported that the sides are nearing an agreement for Peterson to receive more than $3 million to play next season.

The initial thought here is that the Vikings and Saints play in week 1 of the 2017 season at U.S. Bank Stadium.

His visit with the Saints was two weeks ago. If Peterson can help the Saints chew up clock late in games, more power to him and the Saints organization. That would be a huge cut from the $12 million he made last season with the Vikings.

Peterson missed most of last season with a knee injury, but rushed for 1,485 yards on 327 carries in 2015 with 11 touchdowns.

With the Vikings' offensive line decimated by injuries last fall, the team signed Long in October.

The seven-time Pro Bowler and former 2012 league MVP is now the NFL's 16th leading rusher all time (11,747 yards), and holds the 10th most rushing touchdowns (97) in league history.

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Now, it's looking like the top suitor for Butler might not be willing to pony up the draft picks likely needed to pry the Super Bowl XLIX hero out of New England.

Adding a proven running back in Peterson could help establish more balance in the Saints offense, possibly aiding its lackluster, but improving defense.

If Peterson signs - and the source said he's leaning toward that outcome - it will end a humbling free-agent experience in which Peterson visited only the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

However, the Saints have developed cold feet and a trade before Thursday's 2017 National Football League draft now seems unlikely, according to a report.

In 2014, the running back played just one game after pleading no contest to beating his 4-year-old son with a switch (small tree branch). "They are headed in the direction of a new contract for Adrian Peterson".

Instead, Tampa Bay will probably spend a draft pick on a running back later this week.

The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Compton registered a career-high 104 tackles (60 solo) in 2016 - his third full season with the Redskins.