8. Dallas Cowboys
It has been a dream for Dallas Cowboys fans to see Adrian Peterson with a star on his helmet. Jerry Jones has said in the past that he would love to have Peterson in Dallas, but that was a couple of years ago and the Cowboys roster has changed since then. The reason that it doesn’t make sense is because of the Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott was the leading rusher in the NFL so for them to bring in Adrian Peterson would be redundant, especially given the Cowboys’ cap situation. It would make sense because he wouldn’t have to be the feature running back like he was in Minnesota. If he played every other series or even every third series, then his legs would be fresh, he would prolong his career, and it would take some of the pressure off Elliott. Even though Elliott is young, the Cowboys would probably like to keep his legs fresh and be able to keep some miles off his feet so they can get the most from their investment. It is possible for Peterson to go to Dallas, but it is unlikely.
Chance: 3.0 %
7. Baltimore Ravens
The one thing that the Ravens were missing last season was a good running back. Their defense was one of the better ones in the league, but the had to rely on Joe Flacco too often. Adding someone like Peterson to their arsenal would instantly change their offense and make it more balanced. They only had 1,463 yards throughout the entire season last year and they need to fix that one way or the other. They might be better off drafting a good young back, but adding Peterson would bring them closer to taking the AFC North next season. If he wants to be the feature back in an offense, then this might be his best option. The Ravens leading rusher last season, Terrance West, is a good back, but he shouldn’t be the feature back again. They should be contenders for Peterson, but there will be some better options out there for both Peterson and the Ravens.
Chance: 5.0 %
6. Green Bay Packers
It is always weird to see a player finish their career with a rival team, but Adrian Peterson to the Packers makes sense. Eddie Lacy is a free agent and their main running back would be Ty Montgomery. Montgomery looked good after he got used to the position, but it wouldn’t hurt to have an All-Pro back there with him. The Packers know Peterson better than just about every team in the league and would be able to create a good offensive environment for him. He would also provide some relief for Aaron Rodgers. Opposing teams can’t focus on only getting to Aaron Rodgers if he has a running back like Peterson behind him. The Packers would be a better team if they could acquire Peterson.
Chance: 9.0 %
5. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos make a lot of sense for Adrian Peterson. He wants to play for a contender and with their defense, Peterson could be the focal point for the Broncos offense. Trevor Siemian dropped off once CJ Anderson went down with an injury and if the Broncos don’t get someone like Tony Romo in the offseason, then upgrading the running back position would be the next best thing. Anderson still has three years left on his deal, but he is also coming off of an injury to his meniscus that kept him out for the last nine games of the 2016 season. It wouldn’t hurt to add some depth and allow Anderson and Devontae Booker to take a couple of series to keep Peterson fresh throughout the season. The AFC West features some good defenses and the idea of Peterson in the backfield might just help them get back to the top. This would be a good place for Peterson to go if he wants to compete for a Super Bowl.
Chance: 11.0 %
4. Houston Texans
Houston has a really good running back in Lamar Miller, but if he is able to split the load with Adrian Peterson, then the Texans would have two capable backs and would be able to keep their legs fresh. The Texans have a need at quarterback with Osweiler’s troubles, but having Adrian Peterson and Lamar Miller would take the pressure off any quarterback. Peterson also lives outside of Houston so it would make sense from a geographical standpoint to play for the Texans. Playing in the AFC South, Peterson would help the Texans win their division for the third straight season and have them in a better position than they have been previously.
Chance: 13.0 %
3. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks season ended in the divisional round of the playoffs and the main position that was missing was a legitimate running back. Adrian Peterson is one of the best to ever do it and would help take some of the pressure off Russel Wilson. If Peterson wants to compete for a Super Bowl, then going to Seattle wouldn’t be a bad move. Their division is easier than the Vikings and Seattle’s defense will constantly keep them in games. The only issue that Peterson might have with going to Seattle is the lack of an offensive line. Seattle had one of the worst offensive lines in football last season and might not be enticing to a running back that is coming off of a knee injury. If the Seahawks can repair the line a bit before next season, then it would be a good landing spot for Peterson.
Chance: 15.0 %
2. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings declined the option for Adrian Peterson, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t go back. It is a system that he is familiar with and could have desperately used him last season. He has been the face of the Vikings for so long that it would be odd to see him wearing another uniform. It made sense for the Vikings to decline the option with how much money was owed and his recent health. They have some of the same issues that the Seahawks have though, a really good defense and a poor offensive line. It is something else that the Vikings will have to address, presumably with the money that they are saving from declining Peterson’s option. Peterson has stated that he wants to compete for a Super Bowl and he thinks that the Vikings are capable of doing so. If the Vikings are able to get him for market value, then it makes all the sense in the world for Peterson to end up back in Minnesota.
Chance: 17.0 %
1. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are really good at getting the most out of older players. Adrian Peterson wants to win a Super Bowl more than anything, the best chance to do that is with Tom Brady in New England, and he would probably take less money to do so. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent and James White and Dion Lewis are better receiving running backs so there is a need for someone like Adrian Peterson. He would be able to take some of the pressure off Brady and would give him a running back that he really hasn’t had throughout his career. The Patriots are already the favorites to win the Super Bowl again next season and adding someone like Peterson would only add to their chances.
Chance: 22.0 %