Saints HC Sean Payton said that he is “absolutely” open to re-signing RB Adrian Peterson. However, he added that the team is “not looking” to sign a veteran running back at this point in time, per Herbie Teope.
Earlier this week, Peterson said he’d “definitely be open” to returning to the Saints, who will be without Mark Ingram for the first four games of the season, so there appears to be some interest from both sides.
“For whatever reason, it just didn’t work out (in New Orleans), but when I got my shot in Arizona, I showed what I was able to do,” said Peterson, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media . “I know once I get back out there, I’ll be blessed with a healthy season and show people I’m still the best in the league.”
“I’m just waiting for the opportunity to come,” Peterson added.
Peterson, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Vikings back in 2007. After 10 seasons in Minnesota, Peterson signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Saints and stands to make base salaries of $1 million and $1.05 million over the next two years.
The Saints elected to trade Peterson to the Cardinals for a 2018 sixth-round pick last year. However, Arizona cut him loose this past March in a move that freed up $2,881,250 of available cap space.
In 2017, Peterson appeared in 10 games for the Saints and Cardinals and rushed for 529 yards on 156 carries (3.4 YPC) to go along with 11 receptions for 70 yards receiving and two total touchdowns.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.