Adrian Peterson to visit New Orleans Saints next week


Adrian Peterson has scheduled his third visit of free agency.

The former Minnesota Vikings running back will meet with the New Orleans Saints next week, NFL Network's Heath Evans reported, via a source informed of the team's plans.

Peterson visited Seattle early in free agency, only to see the Seahawks sign Eddie Lacy instead. His meeting with New England came and went without a contract, while 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.

That said, it's hard to reconcile New Orleans as an ideal fit. The Saints already have Mark Ingram as a power back coming off the best season of his six-year career.

More problematic, Peterson is a one-dimensional power runner without a role in the passing game. At this stage of his brilliant career, he's ill-suited for Drew Brees' pass-heavy offense.

In other words, Peterson is unlikely to wrap up his free agency tour after visiting the Big Easy.

UPDATE: Adrian Peterson left the Saints on Tuesday without a deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The visit went well and both sides will keep talking, Rapoport added.