Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Trade Rumors: Team Not Interested in Adrian Peterson

NFL Free Agency Rumors Adrian Peterson Reportedly Visiting New England Patriots on Monday

Yates notes the two sides "could revisit later". But the team later opted to sign former Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

On February 28, 2017, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they will not exercise Adrian Peterson's 2017 option on his contract deal, making him a free agent at the start of the 2017 NFL league year.

The relatively full backfield in New England might indicate that the Patriots won't be willing to break the bank to sign Peterson, especially with the signing of Burkhead.

Most of Adrian Peterson's first foray into free agency has been defined by rumors and innuendo fueled by the running back's own camp in an attempt to conjure up a market that really isn't there.

Peterson has said reports of him demanding $8 million annually are false, and is reportedly willing to accept significantly less to play for a playoff contender.

While any team that signs Peterson for 2017 is not likely get the vintage version of the running back, the image of him pairing up with Tom Brady in New England is one that should make the rest of the National Football League nervous.

New England is coming off a Super Bowl title and could use an early-down running back to replace LeGarrette Blount, who scored 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016. The Patriots also have Dion Lewis and James White on their roster. Howe suggests Peterson may have been hosted by Bill Belichick only for "scouting purposes", or to check on Peterson's health. Considering that Doug Martin's status with the team is a mystery, it may be wise for the Buccaneers to at least consider Peterson.

Peterson ranks 16th all time with almost 12,000 rushing yards, but the Palestine native has failed to eclipse 40 carries in two of the past three years due to suspension and injuries. Blount is a free agent as well, and the Patriots have not made any overtures to bring him back yet.