Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Payton: We didn't discuss featured role for Peterson "Following a New Orleans Saints season opener in which Adrian Peterson saw just nine snaps and six carries for 18 yards, the question heading into a Week 2 tussle versus the New England Patriots is how much the running back will see the field. With Peterson, Mark Ingram and pass-catching rookie..." September 17

  • Adrian Peterson has no issue with Sean Payton, will not be traded

    Larry Brown Sports "It took only one game for speculation to run rampant that Adrian Peterson is unhappy in New Orleans, but all indications are that the so-called “rift” between the star running back and Saints coach Sean Payton has been overblown. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Peterson and Payton..." September 17

  • Adrian Peterson 'didn't sign up for nine snaps' but laughs at Payton sideline exchange

    The Advocate "Adrian Peterson can laugh now at some of the memes that popped up on the Internet after a sideline exchange between the veteran running back and head coach Sean Payton. One in particular, depicting Peterson as Denzel Washington's character from Training Day, still gets the running back..." September 15

  • Adrian Peterson: Exchange with Sean Payton about running routes

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson says a first-half sideline exchange Monday night with coach Sean Payton was simply Peterson suggesting the New Orleans Saints run the ball up the middle, which they then did. At first, Peterson said the brief exchange, video of which circulated on the internet during the game,..." September 12

  • Adrian Peterson with the Saints is new, strange and full of expectancy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Adrian Peterson was running a wheel route 30 yards downfield with two defenders blanketing him when Drew Brees launched the ball. What the … ? “Yeah, that’s not the first thing we think of when looking at Adrian’s skill set,” Saints coach Sean Payton joked after a practice with the Texans a..." September 04

  • Adrian Peterson to sit out Saints' preseason game vs. Browns on Thursday

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are eager to see how running back Adrian Peterson looks in game action, but the team and droves of curious fans reportedly won't find out Thursday. Peterson will not play in the preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, according to an ESPN report. Coach Sean..." August 10

  • Adrian Peterson trying to be more conscious about diet by going '80-20 vegan'

    The Advocate "Adrian Peterson couldn't help himself. A couple of days ago, Peterson was passing by a Church's Chicken, and the fast-food restaurant started calling to him. Peterson, who's been trying to watch what he eats, succumbed to the craving. "That three-piece looked so good," Peterson said...." August 06

  • Prepare for AP 2.0: 'He Is Still Going to Be in That Upper 1 Percent'

    Bleacher Report "It was late April, time for Adrian Peterson to make a decision about his future. He was back home in Houston after a free-agent visit to New Orleans. He was praying for a sign. Saints? Patriots? Seahawks? Another team? Then one day he was looking for a duffel bag in his home office. Things..." July 11

  • Adrian Peterson makes potent Saints offense even more dangerous

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "When the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints meet, it is not a pretty sight for football purists. On average, NFL teams each scored 22.7 points in a game during the 2016 season, according to Pro Football Reference. Since the Packers and Saints hired Mike McCarthy and Sean Payton as head..." July 10

  • How much of an impact will Adrian Peterson have on NFC South?

    ESPN "The buzz surrounding Adrian Peterson grew even more deafening around New Orleans Saints camp this spring with each powerful step the 32-year-old running back took on the practice field. "I'm amazed, honestly. Seeing him just take off his first few steps are as explosive as I've ever seen by a..." July 04

  • Saints' Adrian Peterson enjoying New Orleans cuisine despite shellfish allergy

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Adrian Peterson won't let a seafood allergy alter his New Orleans experience. The New Orleans Saints running back knows he's allergic to scallops, and he's had bad experiences with shrimp. But, as he samples the cuisine in his new city, Peterson said he's still planning on eating shellfish when..." June 20

  • Drew Brees on Adrian Peterson signing: ‘This is our window’

    Sportsnaut "The New Orleans Saints have not been hiding their excitement over the signing of future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson. All reports from Saints camp regarding the 32-year-old veteran have been positive. Despite missing all but three games with a knee injury last season, there’s a..." June 17

  • Adrian Peterson says one thing about his scouting report is completely wrong

    CBS Sports "For the first 10 years of his NFL career, Adrian Peterson played in an offense that was basically designed around him. After drafting Peterson in 2007, the Vikings mostly ran a power run game that lived or died with their big running back. However, that won't be the case in New Orleans. With..." June 16

  • Adrian Peterson fires back at critics who say he can’t catch

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson has never been known as a pass-catching back, but the seven-time Pro Bowler doesn’t appreciate when people say that is due to his inability to catch a football. On Wednesday, Peterson said he finds it humorous when people say he can’t catch. “It’s always funny to me. … It’s..." June 15

  • Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson helping each other

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson’s new teammates with the New Orleans Saints have marveled at how the 32-year-old running back looks like the “same old” Adrian Peterson. But the guy who will be sharing the backfield with Peterson has insisted that he’ll keep being the same old Mark Ingram. “It doesn't..." June 12

  • 'Same old' Adrian Peterson off to good start at Saints practice

    ESPN "John Kuhn spent nine years with the Green Bay Packers before he joined the New Orleans Saints last summer. So perhaps more than anyone else in New Orleans, Kuhn appreciates sharing a locker room and a practice field with former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. “Strange? It’s..." May 26

  • 1,500 yards? 10 TDs? Adrian Peterson's 'incentives' are a joke

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Need a good laugh? Who doesn't these days, what with Monument Armageddon and the disillusioning week on Capitol Hill? The growing local comedy scene is always a good outlet to blow off steam. Or you could just check out the contract Adrian Peterson signed with the New Orleans..." May 20

  • Adrian Peterson Says Matchup with Vikings Will Be 'Revenge'

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson jokingly said he'll be seeking "revenge" when he faces off with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 after spending the first decade of his career in purple and gold. Ben Goessling of passed along comments the recent free-agent signing made in..." May 04

  • Mark Ingram says he’s fine with addition of Adrian Peterson

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram hasn't talked to his new backfield partner Adrian Peterson yet. But Ingram emphasized Tuesday after playing in the Zurich Classic Celebrity Shootout that he didn't have an issue with the team bringing in another running back. "I'm all about..." April 26

  • Payton: Peterson's 'role will be very clear and defined'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints won't reveal their plan for deploying running backs Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson until September, but coach Sean Payton expects the duo to work well together. Peterson, 32, signed with the Saints on Tuesday, and although he's been a workhorse for most of his career,..." April 26

  • Report: Adrian Peterson set market for Marshawn Lynch at $3.5 million

    Sportsnaut "In a surprising twist of fate, running back Adrian Peterson found a new team ahead of running back Marshawn Lynch. Peterson’s contract with the New Orleans Saints, which will pay him $3.5 million a year, has now set the market for Lynch, according to ESPN’s John Clayton. Lynch migrating from..." April 25

  • Steve Smith: A.P. must show he can do new tricks "On the surface, Adrian Peterson joining the New Orleans Saints seems akin to jamming a square peg into a round hole. Unless you have a team of NASA nerds at your disposal, those ventures generally end up an epic failure. Drew Brees ran 579 plays out of the shotgun, with an additional 374 in..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson: Saints “just felt right within my spirit”

    Pro Football Talk "There are several reasons to wonder why veteran running back Adrian Peterson would choose the Saints, and it’s clear that this one came down to a gut feeling for him. Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson upon agreeing to a two-year deal that he felt at home in New Orleans, for a number of..." April 25

  • How much does Adrian Peterson help the Saints?

    Pro Football Talk "From Adrian Peterson’s perspective, signing with the Saints doesn’t make a lot of sense. From the team’s perspecitve, adding a future Hall of Famer makes a lot of sense — if he has gas in the tank and a chip on his shoulder. But how much will adding Peterson truly help the Saints in 2017? The..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson, Saints finalize two-year deal "Adrian Peterson has found a new home before the start of the Thursday evening portion of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Saints and Peterson finalized a two-year deal Tuesday that will pay the veteran running back $7 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson to Saints doesn’t make much sense, for Peterson

    Pro Football Talk "It’s obvious why the Saints would want Adrian Peterson. It’s not obvious why Adrian Peterson would want the Saints. Unless, of course, no one else wants Peterson. But even if no other team currently is offering Peterson $3 million or so per year, his likely role (Mark Ingram reportedly would..." April 24

  • Report: Saints, Adrian Peterson 'closing in' on deal

    247 Sports "Adrian Peterson may have found his next NFL team. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the longtime Minnesota Vikings running back is "closing in" on a deal with the New Orleans Saints that would pay him $3 million in 2017. Peterson, 32, is a former seventh-overall pick out of Oklahoma..." April 24

  • Saints still talking to Adrian Peterson

    Pro Football Rumors "The Saints are still very much involved with Adrian Peterson, according to Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune (on Twitter). The two sides still talking about a short-term deal to bring him to New Orleans. Peterson is reportedly willing to play for $5MM or less in the “right situation” and the..." April 24

  • Jameis Winston “absolutely” would play with Adrian Peterson after working out with him

    ESPN "Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston found an unlikely training mate in former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson this offseason. The two worked out together in Houston and Winston raved about Peterson on Monday when he was back in the Bucs facility. "Being able to be in the..." April 17

  • Saints could sign Adrian Peterson ‘down the line’

    The Advocate "Adrian Peterson’s visit with the Saints went well. And while he left without a deal, the door isn’t closed on something happening down the line. It’s not clear if the two sides ever discussed money, but when that hurdle arrives, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. New Orleans..." April 14

  • Adrian Peterson not expected to land deal until after draft

    Sportsnaut "Veteran free agent running back Adrian Peterson has yet to clinch a new deal. Now, it is looking quite clear that Peterson won’t be signing on with any team prior to the NFL Draft. Peterson most recently visited the New Orleans Saints, though obviously no deal was struck. It would seem that any..." April 13

  • Adrian Peterson leaves Saints visit without a deal

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints visited with former All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson on Tuesday, but he left without a deal, according to an NFL Network report. The report Tuesday night indicated the two sides will continue to talk after the visit went well. Peterson, 32, became a free agent in..." April 12

  • Adrian Peterson worked out for the Patriots during visit

    Pro Football Talk "That visit by Adrian Peterson to New England six days ago wasn’t just a visit. Via Mike Reiss of, the future Hall of Fame running back worked out for the Patriots, too. The team put Peterson through tests and drills, because (as Reiss writes) “they wanted to see [him] work.” Reiss..." April 09

  • Adrian Peterson to visit the Saints next week

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints already have one physical, downhill runner in Mark Ingram. That won’t stop them from kicking the tires on Adrian Peterson. New Orleans will host the 32-year-old running back for a visit next week, according to Heath Evans of the NFL Network. This marks the third known free-agency..." April 06

  • Report: Bill Belichick did not need to get Robert Kraft’s permission to host Adrian Peterson

    WEEI Boston "On Monday, the Patriots hosted free agent running back Adrian Peterson, but the 32-year-old reportedly left New England without a deal. Even so, the visit drew plenty of attention and even some criticism, as many wondered why would the Patriots host such a controversial player, especially after..." April 05

  • Adrian Peterson has interest from 3-5 teams

    Larry Brown Sports "Free agent running back Adrian Peterson is starting to get some looks on the free agent market. According to SiriusXM NFL Radio, Peterson has drawn interest from three to five teams, and has not yet turned down any offers. We’ve heard varying rumors as to how Peterson’s offseason has gone,..." April 03

  • Adrian Peterson to visit with Patriots

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson will take a free agent visit on Monday, and it’s one that will send some shudders throughout the NFL. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Peterson will be visiting with the New England Patriots. Peterson is a free agent and has been on the market since free agency began early..." April 03

  • Almost no way to picture Adrian Peterson with the Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is Vikings running back Adrian Peterson worth when pictured with Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston? Peterson and Winston are working out together with famed trainer Tim Grover and a photograph posted on Twitter by quarterback whisperer George Whitfield, Jr...." April 01

  • Vikings’ Mike Zimmer says money a factor in letting Adrian Peterson go

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that salary played a role in the team not to keep veteran running back Adrian Peterson. “Yeah, it was just the way,” Zimmer said at the NFL owners meeting at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. “Just like with some of the other guys (who were not retained)...." March 30

  • Dirk Koetter 'anxious' to hear about Jameis Winston's workouts with Adrian Peterson

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't make a move for Adrian Peterson in free agency, but the All-Pro running back has piqued the interest of head coach Dirk Koetter, thanks to a photo that surfaced on social media Tuesday of quarterback Jameis Winston and Peterson training together. Winston's..." March 29

  • Giants: ‘Never Say Never’ When It Comes To Signing Adrian Peterson (Report)

    Big Blue Unbiased "According to multiple sources, New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said “never say never” when it comes to the team potentially signing free agent running back Adrian Peterson. McAdoo uttered this at Tuesday’s NFL league meets in Phoenix, Arizona. The topic of Peterson and the Giants first..." March 29

  • Giants coach on Adrian Peterson: “Never say never”

    Pro Football Talk "The Giants were one of the first teams Adrian Peterson started flirting with, even before the Vikings let him go. And it appears there’s at least some interest on their part. Giants coach Ben McAdoo was asked specifically Tuesday whether they’d have interest in adding the 32-year-old running..." March 28