Saints don't need vintage Adrian Peterson for deal to make sense

Free agent running back Adrian Peterson is close to agreeing to a deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to several reports Monday.

NFL Media reported Peterson's deal could be worth about $3 million for 2017 with about $1 million more possible with incentives. The Saints play the Vikings in Week 1 on Monday Night Football at U.S. Bank Stadium. Long, now 31, then played sparingly for the Falcons in 2015 and was in four games for the Vikings a year ago. The team's leading rusher has had fewer than 160 touches in five of the last seven seasons.

But, heck yeah, it makes sense for them to sign Peterson if they're getting the Hall of Famer at a discounted rate - with the added bonus of a Texas-sized chip on his shoulder after being released by the Minnesota Vikings.

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. Under RFA rules, Buffalo receives a fifth-round draft pick from New England in compensation. He had 72 yards rushing on 37 carries. While he still remains unsigned, it's looking more and more likely that New Orleans is the likely destination.

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Will Adrian Peterson have a new home before the start of the Thursday evening portion of the 2017 NFL Draft? The theory is that Peterson might be preferred over Ingram, but the practice says he's more of a replacement for Hightower, who signed with the 49ers earlier this month. While there is still a chance that another team offers the Patriots a trade they can not refuse, as Rapoport notes, it seems likely that New England will keep its shutdown cornerback for at least one more season.

Mixon, the former Oklahoma running back who was involved in a highly publicized domestic violence case, is not on the team's draft board, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported.

The 32-year old running back still hasn't put pen to paper but all signs point to this deal being finalized sooner than later. Ingram had his first 1,000-yard season on the ground and racked up a career-high 10 touchdowns for the Saints.

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