4 teams that should sign Adrian Peterson if he’s a training camp casualty

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers had a bottom-tier rushing attack last year (95.1 yards per game; 24th in the league-3.7 yards per carry; 27th in the league). Ronald Jones did show a bit of promise, as he topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage, but the organization’s level of faith in him was confirmed when Ke’Shawn Vaughn was drafted in the third round.

With Tom Brady as the quarterback and Bruce Arians as the head coach, the Buccaneers are all-in for the next two seasons. So moves to address any weaknesses on the roster have to be on the radar, and more narrowly a rushing attack that can’t pull its weight will not be an option.

After Rob Gronkowski unretired to join Brady in Tampa Bay, it was fun to think about who else could come out of retirement and join the party. Peterson obviously isn’t at that point yet, since he’s still playing with no apparent plan to call it a career anytime soon.

Tampa Bay doesn’t have a lot of cap space right now ($4.873 million, according to Over The Cap), but Peterson won’t be in position to ask for much. The Buccaneers could use an early down back who can grind some clock when the situation calls for it, and in that light Peterson is a perfect fit for a win-now plan.

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