I feel like we’ve been here before.

Oh, that’s right, we were having this same discussion a year ago when long-time NFL running back Adrian Peterson hit the open market after nearly a decade in Minnesota.

Now, according to an article form Florida Football Insiders, we might be having that discussion again.

In 2017, it was reported that Peterson was a player the Bucs were considering, but we all know that never ended up coming to fruition. Instead, Peterson signed a two-year, $7 million dollar deal with the New Orleans Saints, a deal that proved to be a bad one on both sides, as Peterson was traded from the Saints in October to the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson - Photo by: Getty Images

Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson – Photo by: Getty Images

When he arrived in Arizona, the Bucs were his first victim. After failing to record even 10 carries in a game in his first four games in New Orleans, Peterson was given 26 carries in his Cardinals debut, which was against the Buccaneers, and he amassed 134 yards and two touchdowns while doing so. Two weeks later he rushed for 159 yards on 37 carries, but after that he failed to get it going up until a neck injury ended his 2017 season prematurely.

With David Johnson coming back, the Cardinals chose not to re-sign Peterson, so now he sits in the open market as a free agent.

Should he be a Bucs target?

Peterson signed a two-year, $7 million dollar deal with the Saints last year, which was a massive pay cut from what he was getting in Minnesota, but even that deal proved to be too rich. If you figure he’ll likely get less this time around, are the Bucs in a sweet spot to pick up an extra running back who just might have a high ceiling for a few games, if needed?

Right now the team’s starting backs are shaping up to be Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones. The team likes Barber, but his sample size for success is small. Even though Peterson isn’t the back he used to be, his two best games were far better than any that Barber or the rest of the Bucs running backs had in 2017. Jones, on the other hand, has plenty of potential but is still just a rookie, and that always comes with an unknown.

If you figure the Bucs were going to keep their eyes open for a veteran running back anyways, since Jacquizz Rodgers is on the last year of his deal and likely won’t be in Tampa Bay much longer, and the team waited as long as they did to bring back Charles Sims, is Peterson more of an option (a better option) in 2018 than he was in 2017 when the Buccaneers passed on him?

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

AP was a great player. I really can not see him helping the Bucs now.

Simon Alexander
Simon Alexander
4 years ago

Is he going to play a great deal? I doubt it, but…for the right money, could someone like AP be worth having around for players like ROJO to learn from and to add some depth. All comes down to dollar I would imagine

Darin
Darin
Reply to  Simon Alexander
4 years ago

That’s the thing tho Simon. I dont think he is the guy to teach the young guys. He still thinks he is the best back in the league. He didnt teach the young guys in N.O. He whined about his lack of carries, which led to a trade. I saw more moaning in Arz. Now of course he could be a great teammate that we dont see, but with the other stuff I dont see a great fit here, or anywhere, until his ego subsides. If he were to accept a reduced role and be a mentor to young guys… Read more »

e
e
4 years ago

Certainly, he would be worth it for the right price. The RB depth is still a concern.

jimmy kontos
jimmy kontos
4 years ago

Meh–No thanks. He’s an echo of what he once was, and there’s more potential with Barber and Johnson. AP wouldn’t be happy being the third option, and we’ve seen what he’s like when he’s unhappy.

jvance
jvance
4 years ago

having his veteran experience as well as a proven, albeit older back makes a lot of sense to me. He has a chip on his shoulder to keep proving he’s “got it” and is still better than 60% of the backs in the league. I would roll the dice and do it.

martinii
martinii
4 years ago

I still say that his 26 carries for 137 yds and 2 TD’s in a 3 point win was a demoralizing factor for the Buc’s last year. Thats not to say bring him in for a look, but I think the man had his season best against Tampa and was one of the underlying reasons our season went totally South afterwards.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
4 years ago

In favor of it, think he brings more to the table than either Rodgers or Sims, though not as a 3rd down option. As long as he’s not a distraction if he doesn’t get the number of carries he think he’s deserves, I say go for it. A group of Barber, Rojo, AP and Wilson offers a lot of versatility.

makski
makski
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

That’s the problem, he has not proven to be a guy that will not be a distraction. On the contrary, he has proven to be a very large distraction when he is not the guy getting the most carries. I say, NO WAY!!

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  makski
4 years ago

Personally willing to give him the opportunity to earn carries with the rest of the squad and if he does become an issue, release his ass. Plenty of RB’s out there of Rodgers and Sims’ ilk, not an issue to find a serviceable 4th RB. Understand not everyone agrees though.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Let the young ones play. AP is way past his prime. I’d rather than spend the money and signing some new contracts to the proven players on this team.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

I agree Horse!

makski
makski
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

Dilly, Dilly!! As they say in the pirate commercials.

pinkstob
pinkstob
4 years ago

No. He only looks good going against our LB’s.

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
4 years ago

I heard he has offers elsewhere Green Bay for one , He is going to want more money than people think. If Bucs talk to him I would be surprised, I do think they should this team has a hole where a prime Doug Martin used to be, Ron Jones has a lot of serious questions one being his average run last year was only 3.5 yards. They might want Peterson around in case.

Brooks Dunn-Winston
Brooks Dunn-Winston
4 years ago

No.

gafikdetail
4 years ago

no! just for the fact that he will not be happy if he doesn’t get touches & may not be a positive for team chemistry (which is unimportant to me but a lot of fans whine about it a lot LOL)… the Bucs missed good RB help with CJ Anderson & with “Buc Luck” will be this year’s AP/Cardinals moment for the Bucs not once but twice :(

LVBUC2
LVBUC2
4 years ago

No Pass, if the Bucs wanted to bring in a back they could of brought in C.J Anderson for 1.7 mil

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

Pass. Once great he’s now Over the hill.

plopes808
plopes808
4 years ago

For the right price, I can see the value of picking up a veteran back to help Rojo along. However, from what I understand AP is not the mentoring type. He seems to believe he is as good as he once was and that clearly isn’t the case.

I’m gonna have to say hard pass on this one

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Red Grange is also available.

I thought “AD”, as in All Done instead of All Day, might be an option to at least consider last off season when he signed with the Saints. Soon those folks were cheering “Who Dat when they didn’t recognize the old Adrian Peterson. They wisely shipped him off to the desert which, as I recall, aroused my friend JonnyG. Unfortunately, AD’s “last gasp” effort was against our mighty Bucs as Dr. Frankenstein screamed “He’s alive!”

Sometimes great players should exit the way Barry Sanders did.

inspecto
inspecto
4 years ago

Please no, as in do not at any price.

“No. He only looks good going against our LB’s.” per pinkstob

SOXX
SOXX
4 years ago

Not this season