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New England Patriots To Meet With Adrian Peterson On Monday

By Dan Rey Vitan (Staff writer)
on Apr 03, 2017 11:32 AM EDT
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It looks like the New England Patriots are not yet done retooling their already formidable lineup. Already the big winners in this year's off-season with the acquisitions of marquee names like wide receiver Brandin Cooks and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the New England Patriots are looking to add another big name in veteran free agent running back Adrian Peterson.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, sources say that free agent running back Adrian Peterson is set to meet with the New England Patriots on Monday, ESPN reports. Adrian Peterson last played for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2016-2017 NFL season.

Adrian Peterson's scheduled visit with the New England Patriots is his second free-agent visit this off-season. Adrian Peterson has already visited the Seattle Seahawks last month, as reported by the NFL News.

The New England Patriots taking an interest to Adrian Peterson is no surprise. Even though the New England Patriots have a stable of running backs on their roster, what they're lacking is a power running back and that's where Adrian Peterson might fill in that void.

Currently, the New England Patriots have Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James white and D.J. Foster as their running backs on their roster. Power running back LeGarrette Blount is a free agent and might sign elsewhere. News of Adrian Peterson visiting the New England Patriots may hasten LeGarrette Blount's departure.

Adrian Peterson, 32, has been named to seven All-Pro teams. During Adrian Peterson's 10 year career in the NFL, he has compiled 11,747 rushing yards and 97 rushing touchdowns, the most by any player in the NFL over the past ten years.

A torn meniscus in his knee, however, limited Adrian Peterson to just three games last season. The Minnesota Vikings eventually released Adrian Peterson on March 9, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Questions still remain as to whether Adrian Peterson can still play at a high level given his age. There's also the fact that how will Adrian Peterson fit in the New England Patriots' offense.

 

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