Publish Date: 04/25/2017
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
Sure, if you are a Saints fan who wakes up to realize that you can watch Drew Brees and Adrian Peterson in the same backfield, you have to get excited, right? At first, you have to be excited by the thought until you realize that last season Adrian Peterson played a total of three games last season and in 2014 he played in just one game. So injuries have to be a huge concern for the 32-year-old running back.
The other question would be why pick up Peterson when Mark Ingram ran for over 1,000 yards last season? The answer to that would probably be that the Saints in the past have run the ball by committee. If you remember the year the Saints won the Super Bowl 2009, that year they used a three-headed running back system with Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell, and Reggie Bush. When you consider that, maybe Adrian Peterson will be the new Mike Bell maybe this move makes some since? Going into the upcoming draft I expected at some point the Saints would draft a scat back type to compliment Ingram and I still expect that they will. Peterson is not a third-down type scat-back, so I think that the drafting of a scat-back would signal that Payton would like to turn back the clock to 2009 and use the three-headed running back system he used that year.
Peterson is guaranteed all of his 3.5 million dollars for this year and has an option for next year also. On the surface this seems like a risk for the Saints, number one is Ingram ok with it? He had a great season last year and seems poised to be a breakout star in the NFL. Unlike the 2009 team, Ingram looks to be an every down running back in the NFL. Peterson I believe is on his last legs literally and I don’t understand why the Saints would give him 3.5 million dollars? The only way this works out would be if Ingram has some injury issues and Peterson has to fill in for a few games, and even then I am just not convinced that Peterson has enough left to even fill that role. At the end to me, this just makes the Saints look desperate, and they shouldn’t be. This draft with it’s depth at DB should be a draft that the Saints can improve the defense and become a serious contender, teams that make moves like the Saints have in the offseason almost never turn out to be contenders.