Report: Seahawks not interested in Adrian Peterson for now
Adrian "All Day" Peterson would apparently like to spend his final NFL days with the Seahawks, but Seattle might not be interested in the future Hall-of-Famer.
A week after the Minnesota Vikings announced they would not exercise the $18 million contract option on the 32-year-old running back, which will make him an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, multiple reports identified Seattle as one of Peterson's preferred destinations.
NFL Network's Stacy Dales reported the Seahawks and Oakland Raiders as Peterson's "desirable landing spots," a claim that was repeated by Peterson's father in an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
But USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday that there is "no immediate interest" on the Seahawks' end, though he was quick to point out that, "History shows they'll revisit sometimes if a guy is sitting out there."
According to Nelson Peterson, one of the big draws for his son would be a reunion with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the Vikings' offensive coordinator during Peterson's first four NFL seasons.
"You look at the connections in Seattle, so there's definitely interest there," Nelson Peterson said in a phone interview. "Those are some pretty good years."
Indeed. Peterson averaged 1,446 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns with Bevell as his offensive coordinator, earning four Pro Bowl nods and two first-team All-Pro selections. But injuries have taken their toll on Peterson recently, including a torn meniscus that cost him 13 games last season after rushing for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.
Peterson was also suspended for all but one game of the 2014 season following his indictment for reckless or negligent injury of child after photos surfaced of injuries to his then-4-year-old son that were inflicted by Peterson's use of a switch.
Peterson's pedigree among NFL running backs is nearly unmatched. He trails only Frank Gore among the NFL's active rushing leaders and is 16th all time with 11,747 rushing yards and 10th in rushing touchdowns with 97.
But entering the twilight of his career, there are real questions about whether or not the Seahawks would entertain the notion of spending free agent dollars on an aging running back. Seattle certainly struggled in the first year following Marshawn Lynch's retirement, averaging under 100 yards per contest after injuries to Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise thinned the team's running back depth.
Nelson Peterson told the Pioneer Press the Seahawks were interested in his son's services, but declined to answer whether or not Peterson's agent Ben Dogra had been in contact with Seattle during the NFL's legal tampering period, which began on Tuesday.
Nelson Peterson also said his son would be open to returning to Minnesota to finish his career, but that the Vikings had yet to submit a new contract offer.
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