The veteran running back may have found a home for the 2017 season, as Adrian Peterson appears headed to the Bayou to play for the New Orleans Saints.
For a while, it looked like former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson would have no home for the 2017 NFL season. However, it appears that he may be headed to the New Orleans Saints, who will reportedly offer him a little over $3 million for his services in 2017. The Saints and Vikings will not take long to do battle either, as the two teams will meet up to play against each other in Week 1 on Monday Night Football.
The New York Giants are locking up one of their biggest assets, as they picked up the fifth-year option on Odell Beckham Jr. on Monday. Beckham has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL since joining the league back in 2014, and he will remain with the team that selected him No. 12 overall in that draft. Beckham has racked up over 4,100 yards during his short NFL career, scoring 35 touchdowns in 43 games for the G-Men along the way.
It appears the career of the first overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft is coming to a close, as Jake Long announced his retirement on Monday. Long, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, made it to the Pro Bowl during his first four seasons, but injuries have derailed his career since. The former Michigan Wolverine has had multiple ACL tears in his knees, and walks away from the game just shy of his 32nd birthday.
The Buffalo Bills decided not to match the offer the New England Patriots gave to running back Mike Gillislee, and in the process, he will now join a crowded backfield in New England for the 2017 NFL season. Gillislee will team with James White, Dion Lewis, and Rex Burkhead in the Patriots backfield, which also may bring back LeGarrette Blount before the offseason is through. Gillislee was fantastic as LeSean McCoy’s backup in Buffalo last season, averaging over 5.5 yards per carry for the Bills.
Finally, the 2017 NFL Draft is only three days away, and potential first round picks continue to make headlines for the wrong reasons. Just a few days have passed since it was made known that Alabama star linebacker Reuben Foster had a diluted urine sample at the NFL Scouting Combine, and now Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers has been banged for the same reason. Both players are still slated to go in the first round Thursday, but will head into the NFL already in Step 1 of the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program.