The New Orleans Saints plan to meet next week with free-agent running back Adrian Peterson next week, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Heath Evans.
After Tim Hightower left New Orleans to sign a free-agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers, the expectation was the Saints would target a running back in the draft, but it appears they want to see if Peterson could help the offense.
The Saints already have Mark Ingram as a power back coming off the best season of his six-year career.
Peterson, 32, became a free agent in late February when the Minnesota Vikings declined the option year on his contract for 2017. He spent 10 seasons with the Vikings, eclipsing 1,000 rushing yards seven times.
Peterson’s already visited with the Seattle Seahawks, who decided to sign former Packer Eddie Lacy instead. He met with New England last week, however, left without a contract, as the Patriots remain interested in re-signing LeGarrette Blount.
SiriusXM NFL Radio reported earlier this week that three to five teams are interested in Peterson, who has not set a price nor has he turned down an offer. The seven-time Pro Bowler has made it clear that he’s willing to remain patient in hopes of finding the perfect fit entering his age-32 season.