By Dave Price, CNN • Updated 11th March 2020
Too good to be on the practice squad?
That’s what the Seahawks are wondering about Adrian Peterson, the 31-year-old running back who was released from the New Orleans Saints in October.
Seattle, which last season offered the longest active tenure of an NFL franchise to two-time MVP Russell Wilson, has now lured Peterson away from a temporary NFL graveyard with an invitation to play.
Denver Broncos strike again
The Seahawks sent out the first hint of what was to come on Sunday, with the first of many rumbles that the veteran power back was on his way when signing him to their practice squad.
The team doubled down with the world’s first confirmed sighting of Peterson on Monday — but by then it was too late to avoid the inevitable news reports about the exotic beauty coming out from under his new suit coat.
Last week the Denver Broncos opted for a different running back look, releasing Phillip Lindsay following the selection of Royce Freeman in the third round of the NFL draft.
Bigger future in Pro Bowl
Peterson, who last month retired from the NFL at the age of 34, had been keeping a low profile since retirement, despite reports linking him to the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers before he joined Seattle’s team on Friday.
He becomes the team’s third running back to join this year after second-year pro Chris Carson, who could feature with the first team after missing most of last season, and sixth-round draft pick Rashaad Penny.
In his career, Peterson has held virtually every rushing record, including seasons of 2,097 and 2,097 yards, having joined the Saints in 2017, and of 6,276 points scored, holding the record.
On Monday, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport noted the potential risk of adding Peterson to the struggling Seahawks, who are 5-9-1 on the season and have lost six of their last seven games.
“History is littered with instances where a great running back signs a high-risk contract with a bad team,” he wrote.
“But if Peterson can get on the field and remain healthy, he could be the big-play complement the Seahawks need.”
In the 2010 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings chose Peterson with the fourth overall pick, ahead of future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner. He spent 10 seasons with the Vikings before being traded to the Saints in April of 2017.
Reports suggest that the Seahawks have signed Peterson for four years, worth $7 million per year, although it is unclear if Peterson, who began his NFL career as a rookie with the St. Louis Rams, is expecting any interest from other NFL clubs.
— by Dave Price