The New England Patriots already have made a number of key moves during the NFL offseason.
But it appears they might be looking to make another big splash.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter cited sources in reporting that free-agent running back Adrian Peterson will visit the Patriots on Monday.
The Minnesota Vikings declined Peterson’s 2017 option, making the four-time All-Pro a free agent when the new NFL league year began March 9.
Peterson, 32, is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he missed 11 games with a torn meniscus in his right knee, although he could help the Patriots if he comes at a discount. The defending Super Bowl champions have speed backs James White and Dion Lewis, along with newly signed Rex Burkhead, but they could use a power back to take the carries on first and second down with LeGarrette Blount testing the free-agent market.
A Patriots offense that features Peterson along with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and newly acquired Brandin Cooks could be one of the most lethal attacks in recent memory.
Peterson was the 2012 NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, and he has been selected to seven Pro Bowls. He has 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns on the ground during his 10-year NFL career, but he played all 16 games in a season just four times.
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