As you all may have already heard, Adrian Peterson listed the Bucs as a potential landing spot if the Vikings were to release him along with Houston and New York. Fans are either ecstatic at this possibility or dumbfounded. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons to this possible scenario.
I think that it’s clearly evident that AP is one of the best running backs to ever play the game. He has had over 1200 rushing yards in seven out of his ten season in Minnesota. Peterson has basically been the Vikings best player during his career.
He is also extremely resilient, accumulating 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns a year removed from a season-ending injury to his groin that required surgery. He also tore his ACL in 2011 and ran for 2,097(!) yards and 12 touchdowns the following season. At this point in his career AP has 97 touchdowns and still counting.
Considering how well Jameis performs in the play-action, adding an elite Running Back will open the flood gates for our receiving core. The defenses will be forced to stack the box even against an aged Adrian Peterson. His play-making ability cannot be ignored no matter whom he plays for or when.
He would also fill a need on the team. I do want to make it clear that I am all for giving Doug Martin another chance but if for some reason the organization does decide to move on, then AP would fit in nicely. Jacquizz Rodgers does not strike me as someone that could last throughout a sixteen game season and Sims is not a lead back…period.
AP could be the final touch this offense needs to be put over the hump. A strong run game would allow Jameis to flourish under center. I think we can all agree the Bucs are inches away from being a force in the NFL. With the addition of Peterson, the sky could be the limit as far as contending sooner than later.
AP is nearly 32 years old. I always found it ironic that when you refer to a football player in his thirties, the guy seems ancient. I just turned 30 and it must be discouraging at this point to be perceived as a grandpa like the NFL does to these players. Truthfully, most Running Backs do not last much longer past their early thirties.
He is going to command a large amount of money. At this point, he is still due 18 million dollars. Yes the Bucs could potentially spread that over two years, but is it worth it? That’s averaging nine million a year. Doug was getting seven. If we knew that AP would play like he did in 2015, this would be a slam-dunk decision.
Many people within the league tend to believe he is not the best blocker. Considering our offensive line woes in 2016, that could be a huge deal for the team. We need reinforcements on the line and some would argue that it is a much more critical need than offensive weapons. Not only that, but Peterson tends to play a large amount of his downs from the shotgun formation. An adjustment would have to be made on offense to compensate for this change.
Now a lot of people would list the injury concerns as a con but Peterson doesn’t have the longest list of injuries in his career. He has rebounded from all of them thus far and with the exception of the torn ACL, he has been fairly healthy for the most part.
When determining whether or not Adrian would be a valuable addition to the team, risk vs. reward must assessed. Is his recent injury a cause for concern to take on an $18 million salary? Can he rebound to his all-pro form? Will his price tag be too much in the end? Can he mesh well with the current roster?
A lot of question marks will be floating in One Buc Place in relation to this acquisition. First and foremost, Doug’s situation must be solved. There is not a great change we bring in AP if Doug is given another shot, which I’m all for. I would rather take a chance on a potentially great back that had a small hiccup when it comes to PED’s recently for much less money rather than a 32 year-old back coming off an injury. However, I would be happy with either one. Although I do not see AP in pewter in the end.
If for some reason we do obtain AP and he does return to form…well let’s just say 2017 could be one of the greatest Buccaneer seasons of all-time.