Adrian Peterson Will Sign With New Orleans

Adrian Peterson the veteran free agent running back has said he plans to sign a contract with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is for 2 years that amounts to a deal of 1-year and an option year.

The total will be $7 million with $3.5 million all guaranteed in year one and includes a guaranteed 2017 salary of $1 million and a signing bonus of $2.5 million.

The incentives max out at $8.25 million.

The compensation for 2018 would be $3.5 million but none of that is guaranteed and includes $2.4 million in roster bonuses.

Peterson has said that he was excited to join the Saints and was anxious to have the opportunity. More importantly, he said he chose the Saints because something felt right. In addition, his wife and his family also felt the Saints were a good match.

Offensively, the Saints start with veteran quarterback Drew Brees and with Peterson as a big alternative to the passing game of Brees, the Saints offense may end up being even more productive than it was last season.

Peterson, who is 32, was given free agent status after Minnesota did not pick up its $18 million option to keep him.

If Peterson signs with the Saints he would have an immediate opportunity to play versus the Vikings. New Orleans visits the Vikings during Week 1 on Monday Night Football.

He visited Seattle and New England prior to New Orleans. The Saints have Mark Ingram as their top running back. Ingram is 27 and has two years remaining on his deal with the Saints. They need more depth since they released Tim Hightower who signed a deal last week with the San Francisco 49ers.

Both Ingram and backup Hightower were used as nearly equals at times last season. Peterson might take a bigger role than Hightower had.

Peterson was the NFL MVP in 2012 and spent each of his 10 seasons in the NFL with Minnesota and is No. 16 in rushing in NFL history at 11,747 yards.

Peterson only played in three games during 2016 due a torn meniscus he suffered September 18. On December 18, he returned and played against the Colts, but then sat out of each of the last two games for the Vikings due to a strained adductor suffered against the Colts when he returned to play.