Yesterday, the reports came out that AP and the Saints were in serious contract discussions and a deal seemed inevitable. Today, the deal was made official, Adrian Peterson, has signed with the New Orleans Saints to begin the next chapter of his career. I already wrote a blog on how I felt about this due to the news breaking yesterday, so check that out HERE.
I didn't understand the move yesterday, and today I feel the exact same way. How does AP leave the Vikings, a team that has a pretty decent shot at making the playoffs, for the New Orleans Saints, who have almost no shot at making the playoffs. In all honesty, it seems like AP just flat out fucked up. He went into free agency asking for a big payday while wanting to play for a winner at the same time, something that's just not possible as a running back in this day an age. Any winning franchise isn't going to spend big money for a running back, I don't care if the guy is Barry Sanders, the position just isn't as valuable as it used to be. Only way AP was getting a big pay day was if he signed with some garbage team. He lowered his price tag and started visiting teams like the Seahawks and Patriots. One of two things happened in those visits, they couldn't agree on a price tag, or those teams didn't want him, and I believe it's the latter.
Why would these already successful teams want an old AP. The guy doesn't run block, he can't catch out of the backfield, and he fumbles far too often for a Bill Belichick running back. The fact of the matter is these NFL guys are really smart, they know AP is very one dimensional, and in this day an age that really isn't worth much. What AP failed to realize was the Vikings built their team around him, no other team was willing to do that at this point in his career. After awhile he started running out of options, so he took the first deal he could get with a decent team, which turned out to be the Saints. I could be completely wrong, although my theory makes a lot more sense than AP rationally thinking he could win a Super Bowl within the next 2 years in New Orleans.