As the NFL offseason goes on, several well-known free agents remain unsigned. One of these happens to be former Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson. The 36-year-old running back is still available after recording 604 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns last season with the Lions.
While he's past his prime, Peterson could still be a contributor in an NFL backfield. However, he's made it clear he only wants to sign with a contender at this point.
Despite spending 14 seasons in the league and being one of the best running backs of his generation, Peterson has yet to win a Super Bowl. Here are three contenders he could sign with.
Adrian Peterson Rumors
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are an AFC contender that could use Adrian Peterson's help. They had what was probably the worst run game in the league last season, averaging 82.5 rushing yards per game (32nd). James Conner also left the team in the offseason, meaning they could use another running back on the roster. He may not be who he was 10 years ago, but Peterson could play meaningful downs for the Steelers while helping the development of Benny Snell and a possible rookie RB.
2. Buffalo Bills
After getting a taste of the AFC Championship Game last season, the Buffalo Bills would love to make another run like that in 2021. The organization already has Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Matt Breida in the backfield, but there have been rumors that they may want to add at the position. The Bills could likely bring Peterson in on a cheap deal to boost their depth and veteran leadership while giving the back a great shot at being on a contender.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have made it to the Super Bowl in back-to-back years, making them one of the top contenders to do it again. If the Chiefs signed Peterson as a depth option, the running back could play a similar role as to what LeSean McCoy was to the team when they won Super Bowl 54. Peterson could help in a variety of ways in this loaded offense and shoulder the load in case of another injury to Clyde Edwards-Helaire. This pairing makes a ton of sense for both sides who have their eyes on a championship.
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