Peterson joins Saints on two-year, $7 million deal

After a wait of more than a month, Adrian Peterson seems to have found his landing spot back in the NFL. He recently informed ESPN's Josina Anderson that he intends to sign with the New Orleans Saints for 2 years, $7 million dollars.

That's right...week one, the Saints play in Minnesota on Monday night!

British NFL fans can now look forward to seeing Peterson back in the UK. "I feel like my skillset can make them even more dominant (offensively)", Peterson said in a statement.

The move means Peterson, who has played his entire career in Minnesota prior to this year, will have a new home. He will receive $1 million in guaranteed salary and a $2.5 million signing bonus in 2017.

The 2018 compensation is $3.5 million, none of which is guaranteed. Peterson also had a mild LCL sprain in his right knee. In 2015, he started all 16 games and carried 327 times for an NFL-best 1,485 yards with 11 touchdowns. Adrian Peterson totaled almost 14,000 yards and over 100 touchdowns over the last decade as he certainly made his mark in Minneapolis. Ingram has improved significantly in the passing game over the past two years, which would theoretically position Peterson to concentrate on early-down runs and high-leverage situations such as third-and-short and goal-line carries. He is a four-time, first-team AllPro. The Saints are literally getting Peterson for 20 cents on the dollar, compared to the $18-million he would have made if the Vikings had exercised his option for 2017.

Last year's primary backup for the Saints, Tim Hightower, signed withthe San Francisco 49ers. Peterson has rushed for at least 100 yards in 49 regular season games, 50 contests including the postseason.

Detroit plays at New Orleans on October 15. But he's been healthy one season in the last three, and wasn't terribly productive a year ago (averaging 1.9 yards per carry). He will get a chance to add to those number against his former Viking ball club to open the season.

The Saints come as a bit of a surprise choice for Peterson, considering they already have incumbent running back Mark Ingram in their backfield.

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