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Giants Among Teams Monitoring RBs Adrian Peterson & LeGarrette Blount

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Giants are among the teams keeping close tabs on free agent running backs including Adrian Peterson and LeGarrette Blount but are waiting for their asking price to come down.

The Giants would make sense as a potential landing spot for either player, considering that they could use a bigger running back.

Peterson has visited with the Seahawks, Saints and Patriots but recent reports have said that he’ll likely wait until after the draft to sign with a team, given that this year’s draft is very deep at running back.

Peterson, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Vikings back in 2007. He was entering the final year of his three-year, $44 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $11.75 million to go along with a $6 million roster bonus due on March 11.

Peterson is testing the open market for the first time in his career.

In 2016, Peterson has rushed for 72 yards on 37 carries (1.9 YPC) to go along with three receptions for eight yards receiving and no touchdowns over the course of three games.

Blount, 30, originally signed on with the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon back in 2010. He was unable to make the Titans’ 53-man roster during his rookie season, but was later claimed off of waivers by the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay elected to trade Blount to the Patriots in return for Jeff Demps and a late-round pick after three years. Blount had a brief stint with the Steelers before he was cut loose during the 2013 season and later re-signed by the Patriots.

Last year, the Patriots brought Blount back on a one-year, $760,000 contract.

In 2016, Blount rushed for 1,161 yards on 299 carries (3.9 YPC) to go along with 18 rushing touchdowns and seven receptions for 38 yards receiving. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 39 running back out of 62 qualifying players.

We have both of them featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.

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