Adrian Peterson’s deal with the Saints all seems anticlimactic, but the awkward feelings were the same when Joe Montana signed with the Chiefs and Jerry Rice inked a deal with the Raiders. Now Peterson needs to prove to the critics that the tank isn’t on empty.
AP has bucked the perceived norm in the past when he rehabbed and returned from a torn ACL in nine months and proceeded to rush for 2,097 yards in 2012. However, Peterson was 27 years old then and turned 31 last month. Between a suspension and other injuries, including a torn meniscus last year, he has missed 30 games over the past four seasons. To his credit, between all that missed time, he led the NFL in rushing in 2015 (1,485 yards).
Regardless, with so many miles on those legs and scars on those knees, it’ll be an uphill climb for Peterson to find fantasy football relevance in the downhill Saints offense.