Saturday, 29 April, 2017

New York Giants: Adrian Peterson Comments On Team's Offseason Moves

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Kristopher Love | 17 February, 2017, 01:33

Could it be that Peterson is trying to send the New York Giants a message that they should pursue him?

Peterson will make $11.75 million in the final year of his three-year deal if he stays a Viking, which is a big if seeing how that's an terrible lot for an aging running back coming off a serious injury. But with that said, do the Giants feel the same way about Peterson?

The Giants had one of the NFL's weakest running attacks last seasoon, and Peterson's name has been linked to the NY ball club.

Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye is considered to be one of the top free agents on the market this offseason, and while the Texans are hoping to re-sign him, they will not use their franchise tag on him, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Very well, then, that makes more sense - for Peterson, not for the Giants.

A knee injury limited Peterson to just three games in 2016, in which he rushed for just 72 yards on 37 carries.

Based on that alone, it would be hard to blame Giants fans-nor the organization itself-for having interest in acquiring Peterson. In 2015, he led the league with 1,485 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Plus, from a football standpoint, Peterson in no way fits into McAdoo's West Coast offensive system.

With that said, though, Adrian Peterson is still a tremendous running back when he's healthy, but the key word: when. Peterson is most effective when he runs behind a fullback, but McAdoo's offense does not involve a fullback - there was none on the roster in 2016. Alpert could become available once free agency hits.

Or the Giants more likely will say "no thanks" and find their backfield partner for Perkins in one of the most loaded running back drafts in recent years.