Everyone is talking about the possibility. We may as well mention it. The Minnesota Vikings are likely going to end up cutting running back Adrian Peterson.
That clown is due $18 million this season if the Vikings keep him around under his current contract. The Packers have a need at running back, with only Ty Montgomery currently under contract.
So connect the dots, right?
Well, not so fast.
While we’re all for sticking it to the Vikings in any and every way possible and signing Peterson would be like retribution for Brett Favre, we really have no interest in the idea.
First of all, let’s all remember one thing. Adrian Peterson is a goddam child abuser. Do the the Green Bay Packers like child abusers?
Not in our recollection.
Second of all, Peterson will be 32 in March. The guy had a great season when he was 30, which defies the odds, but he showed major slippage at 31, last year. Before going down with a torn meniscus in week 2, Peterson was averaging just 1.9 yards per carry. Yes, that’s a small sample size (37 carries), but the guy looked like he had hit the wall.
And now he’s coming off his second major knee injury.
In what world is a 32-year-old running back with two major knee injuries a desirable add?
We make fun of fans for seeing a guy with a name and immediately suggesting the Packers add that guy to the roster. In most cases, it’s a guy who had a great season three or four years ago. It’s funny that the media is buying into this one.
Oh, Adrian Peterson! He’s still got it, man! That would be a get for the Packers!
No, it would not.
The Packers’ best move would be to re-sign fat-man Eddie Lacy to a short-term, prove-it deal and let him and Montgomery be a one-two in the backfield.