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Adrian Peterson likely won't join team before draft

Adrian Peterson will continue to wait.

Barring a dramatic shift, the free-agent running back is not expected to land a deal with a team prior to the draft, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Teams involved will continue to monitor Peterson's status, but his wait for a new contract rages on.

That comes as no surprise, either. The former Vikings star met with the Patriots and Saints, only to walk away without an offer in both cases. At 32, he's older and far more expensive than this year's deep class of draft-eligible backs.

While plenty of teams need help at the position, Peterson is a player who doesn't help on passing downs. He still offers juicy potential as a powerful early down runner, but he's also an aging athlete with a concerning injury history -- and one who won't come cheap.

Peterson himself tweeted last month that he is in "no rush" to find a new home, a concession that likely points to how this saga will end.

Post-draft, teams will assess where they are in the backfield and think again about how Peterson might fit. That list of potential suitors will be short. Luring the future Hall of Famer could come closer to the start of the preseason and maybe even into the regular season.

It's hardly the bum-rush some anticipated for one of the most celebrated players of our generation.

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