Peterson (knee) remains unsigned in part because of his hefty contract demands, ESPN.com reports.
Peterson was reportedly asking for more than $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would be in line with the deals given to top running backs the past few years. Considering he's coming off a major injury and just turned 32 years old, he may have to settle for something closer to the deal Eddie Lacy recently signed with Seattle -- a one-year contract worth up to $5.5 million. There are still some potential fits, namely Oakland and Green Bay, but Peterson will first have to accept that teams aren't going to pay him a premium for what he accomplished in the past. Other teams that may be in the market for an early-down runner include the Lions, Patriots, Buccaneers and Giants.
Peterson (knee, groin) could be a fit with the Packers, Raiders, Giants, Ravens, Buccaneers or Lions, ESPN.com reports.
Of those teams, the Packers and Raiders have the most glaring need for an early-down bruiser, with Eddie Lacy and Latavius Murray, respectively, departing for other locales in free agency. Minnesota's acquisition of Murray ensures Peterson will join a new team, but the future Hall of Famer may need to reduce his contract demands before any franchise seriously considers signing him.
Peterson (knee) appears to be on the move after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings on Thursday morning.
After younger running backs like Eddie Lacy (ankle) landed a one-year pact with the Seahawks and Murray signed a three-year deal with just one season guaranteed (according to Field Yates of ESPN) this offseason, Peterson has found a rather tepid market for his services. The development is surprising, in a sense, due to all that Peterson has accomplished since entering the NFL in 2007: seven 1,000-yard seasons on the ground, one of the seven 2,000-yard campaigns in the history of the league (and an accompanying MVP award in 2012), and 102 total touchdowns (No. 21 all-time) in 123 games. On the other hand, he has a legitimate injury history on the ledger, namely seven games missed in his final collegiate season at Oklahoma in 2006, a season-ending torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in 2011, and a 2016 season in which he made just three appearances due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. When an organization takes a chance on Peterson, it's unclear exactly what type of role he'll take on, but a lead-back role may be withering away as roster construction continues unabated.
Peterson (knee/groin) is scheduled to visit with the Seahawks, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Peterson has mostly been connected with strong Super Bowl contenders, including the Seahawks and Patriots. A return to Minnesota hasn't been ruled out, but there does seem to be some lingering tension between the two sides. Peterson is expected to take his time making a decision, and the Seahawks are also planning to bring in Jamaal Charles and Latavius Murray for visits.
The Boston Herald suggests that Peterson (knee/groin) might consider a club-friendly deal to join the Patriots.
Such a notion remains highly speculative and we suspect that the soon-to-be 32-year-old back will field his share of offers in free agency, in any case. From the Patriots' perspective, the team's approach to the running back position hinges on the future of LeGarrette Blount, who scored 18 rushing TDs this past season. Peterson thus represents an intriguing option for New England in the event that Blount heads elsewhere. Meanwhile, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that Peterson, who is coming off an injury-shortened 2016 campaign, is unlikely to sign a new contract quickly, with a potential return to Minnesota not out of the question.
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