Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Adrian Peterson finalizes two-year deal

Adrian Peterson finalizes two-year deal

Peterson was released by the Vikings in February after 10 seasons in Minnesota.

USA TODAY Sports was among several outlets who confirmed Monday that Peterson and the Saints were close to signing a deal.

The Minnesota Vikings decided not to pick up Adrian Peterson's US$18 million (AU$23.8 million) option, most likely because of his age and the fact that he is coming off an ACL injury. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Vikings first game last season.

"I think the role will be very clear and defined", Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"In a statement to Anderson, Peterson indicated that New Orleans was the right fit for him and his family saying in part", I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints. "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity".

"It goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees". Perhaps head coach Sean Payton wants to feature Peterson closer to the goal line, an area where Ingram has struggled in the past. The Vikings will host the Saints in their regular-season opener at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 11, Monday Night Football.

Peterson had also drawn interest from the Seahawks and Patriots earlier this offseason.

Peterson and the Vikings lost to the Saints in overtime of the 2009 NFC Championship.

One of the most interesting things to take away from the proposed deal between Peterson and the Saints is that he would earn less than Mark Ingram.

Peterson, whose career rushing yards rank second to Frank Gore among active players, has failed to eclipse 40 carries in two of the past three seasons because of suspension and injuries, but he led the National Football League with 1,485 rushing yards in 2015.

The seven-time Pro Bowler and former 2012 league MVP is now the NFL's 16th leading rusher all time (11,747 yards) and holds the 10th most rushing touchdowns (97) in league history.

The Saints now have a top running back Mark Ingram, 27, under contract for two more seasons.

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