Adrian Peterson expected to seek $4-6 million per year
Free agent running back Adrian Peterson could end up being a bargain for any of the three teams currently in play for his services.
Adrian Peterson is set to sign with a new team, and he's not looking to break the bank.
Yahoo's Charles Robinson expects Peterson to seek $4-6 million per year as a free agent. That's a fraction of the $18 million he would have earned had the Minnesota Vikings picked up his option for the 2017 season.
The Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are considered the top three landing spots for Peterson. The Raiders have eight players under contract making an average of $6 million or more per year. The Seahawks have 10, and the Patriots have five. It's tough to believe any of these three teams have that many players on their respective rosters worth more than Peterson.
In the case of the Raiders and Patriots, they must weigh Peterson's price tag against pending free agent running backs of their own. Latavius Murray would cost the Raiders an estimated $6.7 million per year to retain, per the calculated market value tool at Spotrac, while the Patriots would have to pay LeGarrette Blount around $4.3 million per year to keep him with the team.
The Seahawks are in an entirely different situation. While Murray and Blount each made a case for their return in 2016, Seattle's leading rusher, Christine Michael, was waived after the ninth game of the season. The team has been searching for a promising solution at the position since Marshawn Lynch's retirement; perhaps Peterson is the answer.
Peterson's value is somewhat diminished due to the fact that he is coming off a knee injury that limited him to three games played in 2016 and spent all but one game of the 2014 season on the Commissioner Exempt List. He led the NFL in rushing yards (1,485) and touchdowns (11), however, during the season in between those two down years.
With seven Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro honors, three rushing titles and a league MVP award, Peterson could be a bargain for any of the three teams currently in play for his services at the asking price above.
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