"With us signing (Latavius) Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere." - GM Rick Spielman— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 16, 2017
But Peterson still wants to play, and although the running back market has been slow to solidify, he’ll land somewhere.
Peterson’s father, Nelson, told Chris Tomasson of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press that Seattle and Oakland had emerged as Peterson’s most likely landing spots. Peterson visited the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but left without a deal.
Now that Murray is definitely gone, the Raiders have a vacancy at running back. According to Peterson’s dad, Oakland is an appealing destination for his son.
“What we personally like is (the Raiders’) offensive line,” Nelson Peterson said. “The offensive line, they haven’t been playing around. They haven’t been trying to get offensive linemen from the bottom of the barrel and trying to make them into something.”
Oakland’s line was one of the league’s best last season, and should be tough again in 2017.
Peterson’s father said the 31-year-old running back wants to win a Super Bowl, and understandably so. Last season, the Raiders looked poised to make a postseason run until quarterback Derek Carr went down with a fractured fibula in Week 16 of the regular season.
Carr should be fully healthy and back to start the 2017 season, and the Raiders team that finished last season 12-4 returns a roster that’s mostly intact. Murray, who was Oakland’s leading rusher last year with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns, is currently the biggest hole the Raiders need to fill. Peterson could reunite with a former teammate, wide receiver and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson, who signed with Oakland as a free agent.
Running behind one of the best lines in the NFL and being a part of the No. 7 scoring offense in the league last season would be a solid outcome for Peterson. Carr looked like a legitimate MVP candidate prior to injury, and the passing offense is productive enough that Oakland would only need Peterson to do so much.
New Raiders tight end Jared Cook would also love for Peterson to be his new teammate:
Jared Cook said of Adrian Peterson "The way he runs the ball. Like he has a chip on his shoulder." Seeing him w/ #Raiders would be "awesome"— S&B Pride's Editors (@SilverBlakPride) March 16, 2017
Peterson is interested in the Raiders, and Peterson’s father said the interest is mutual. Perhaps a deal will materialize soon now that Murray is officially with the Vikings.