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3 Most Likely Adrian Peterson Destinations in Free Agency

Isaiah De Los Santos
Three possible free agent destinations for Adrian Peterson in 2021.
Three possible free agent destinations for Adrian Peterson in 2021. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Veteran running back and former league MVP Adrian Peterson is still going at almost 36 years old, and it doesn't seem like he's close to hanging his cleats up anytime soon. Following injuries suffered to the Detroit Lions' young RB corps, it was Peterson who sometimes shouldered the load for his team, even in 2020.

He still provides great depth and veteran leadership. With that in mind, here are three likely free agent destinations for Peterson.

Adrian Peterson Free Agency

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers' biggest offseason questions revolve around their starting quarterback and star free agent wide receiver, but running back is another major position to address. James Conner is headed to free agency, and backup Benny Snell Jr. didn't flash anything worth giving extended looks. Peterson could not only take on his share of touches as a change-of-pace back behind the Steelers' starter, but he'd also bring experience that the team's young core could learn from.

2. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins' running back situation was a mess in 2020, with Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Matt Breida and Lynn Bowden Jr. all seeing starts. In order to have more stability, bringing in Peterson as a backup who can take over if needed would be a smart move for Miami. Again, this young team could benefit from a veteran presence, and he would be an asset as the Dolphins hope to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The rich will get richer if this signing happens. Peterson is already planting the seeds for him to join the Super Bowl LV champs next season, so it's not a long shot, either. With Leonard Fournette likely cashing in on his playoff performance, the Bucs could use additional RB depth behind Ronald Jones. Enter AP, who rushed for 604 yards and 7 TDs in 2020. He'd be a great situational back, especially when the team needs to move the chains on the ground, and he'd be motivated to do whatever it takes to win a ring before his career is over.

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