Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
Sports

Saints, 32-Year-old Adrian Peterson Agree on Two-Year Contract

The deal means Peterson, a 10-year veteran who has posted seven 1,000-yard seasons with Minnesota and once eclipsed 2,000 yards, could become a backup running back on an offense that tends to pass more than run

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up before the start of an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Minneapolis, photo: AP/Andy Clayton-King
5 months ago

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints and free-agent running back Adrian Peterson have agreed on a two-year contract.

The deal means Peterson, a 10-year veteran who has posted seven 1,000-yard seasons with Minnesota and once eclipsed 2,000 yards, could become a backup running back on an offense that tends to pass more than run.

Still, Saints coach Sean Payton said Tuesday that he envisions a productive role for Peterson, who is coming back from a 2016 meniscal tear that required season-ending knee surgery after only three games.

“It’s rare and unique to have the opportunity to add a potential Hall-of-Fame player to your roster. His career has been top-notch,” Payton said in a statement provided by the club. “We think he will be an excellent fit in our locker room and in our offense.”

The agreement was first reported early Tuesday when Peterson provided a statement to ESPN.

“It goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant offensively,” Peterson said in his statement. “They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well.”

Sept. 18, 2016, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis. Photo: AP/Andy Clayton-King

Peterson, 32, has spent his entire NFL career with the Vikings. His career-best 2,097-yard rushing season in 2012 came one season after he had reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Over the past three seasons combined, Peterson has played in only 21 games, including one playoff loss. He missed all but one game in 2014 because of a child abuse case in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless assault. The victim was his son, then 4 years old.

Peterson’s last full season was in 2015, when he had 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing.

Now Peterson joins a Saints backfield led by running back Mark Ingram, who is coming off one of his best seasons and is New Orleans’ incumbent starter. Ingram rushed for 1,043 yards in 2016 and made 46 catches out of the backfield, helping Brees lead the NFL in passing with 5,208 yards.

Peterson, too, has a history of contributing as a passing target out of the backfield, surpassing 200 yards receiving in a season five times, including 436 yards in 2009.

In his statement, Peterson didn’t seem concerned about how frequently he’d get the ball in the Saints’ system.

“I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute,” Peterson said.

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Business

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Dethrones ...

20 mins ago
Mexico

Life, Death in Balance for Mexico Quake ...

3 hours ago
World

Aid Begins to Flow to Hurricane-Hit Puer ...

4 hours ago
World

Merkel Seen Winning 4th term, Nationalis ...

6 hours ago
Most Popular

7.1 Magnitude Quake Kills 139 as Buildui ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

New Earthquake, Magnitude 6.1, Shakes Ji ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

INAH: Report Damaged Museums, Cultural H ...

By The News
Mexico

After Quakes, Mexico Volcano Spews Vapor ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Life, Death in Balance for Mexico Quake ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico