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AP to NOLA: Thoughts on Adrian Peterson’s deal with Saints

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Dec 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs onto the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs onto the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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It looks like the New Orleans Saints will have two future Hall of Famers on their roster come the 2017 season.

It was announced earlier today that the New Orleans Saints are in fact signing former Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson. Although the deal isn’t finished yet, the two sides are close to reaching a deal. The deal is expected to be in the ballpark of two years, seven million. Extra incentives will likely be upwards of an extra million depending on Peterson’s performance in the upcoming season.

Dec 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs onto the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs onto the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

My Thoughts:

 First and foremost this signing of Peterson is to ONLY replace the loss of former Saints running back Tim Hightower. Adrian Peterson, similar to Hightower, would fill the void of the Saints second string running back. For the final time, Mark Ingram is the New Orleans Saints current starting running back. He will continue to be such, unless anything unfortunate happens.

Now onto the impact Adrian Peterson will have for the New Orleans Saints.

Given, this is only if the 32-year-old does have anything “left in the tank”. If Peterson has anything left to give and stays healthy, expect the impact Peterson could provide to be large.

Adrian Peterson is a proven veteran with the knowledge, experience, and talent to thrive with the Saints. Peterson has not only led the NFL in rushing yards since 2006 with over 11,000 but when healthy has dominated for Minnesota.

Every great NFL team has an even greater backfield. With Adrian Peterson now looking to back current starter Mark Ingram, the Saints could have a dynamic 1-2 punch that could help the team get back to the playoffs. The presence of Peterson would not only provide another weapon on the field for Drew Brees but would be another weapon teams would have to prepare for.

Now for those who didn’t know what Peterson experienced with his former team, let’s take a look. Given Minnesota’s inability to succeed on the offensive line, the team had to use extra offensive linemen to compensate. This would often result in sets of more than a typical 5 offensive linemen. Now with New Orleans, the teams offensive line is an immediate upgrade compared to the Minnesota Vikings. Now given, the New Orleans Saints offensive line is not perfect. But it arguably is top ten, and the linemen that reside within it know what they are doing.

What do you think Saints fans? is signing Adrian Peterson a good decision for the Saints?

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