Fantasy Impact Peterson, formerly of the Vikings, will visit with the Patriots Monday.
The Patriots have a need because bruising 250-pound running back LeGarrette Blount, who scored 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016, is a free agent.
Adrian Peterson, eternal free agent.
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.
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LeGarrette Blount, who led the National Football League with 18 rushing touchdowns a year ago, remains unsigned. He carried 37 times for 72 yards last season, returning in less than three months from his injury to play against the Colts on December 18. Between his age (32) and his alleged asking price (At least $8 million in the first year of his contract), teams have basically been staying away from the running back.
But it appears they might be looking to make another big splash.
The Patriots don't have an every down power back, per se, but do have a good complement of backs in Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead and D.J. Foster.
Peterson, who ranks 16th all time with 11,747 rushing yards, tweeted last month his decision "isn't all about the money" and has said he would take a pay cut to sign with a contending team. As the favorites to win the Super Bowl, Peterson could be in position to win a ring if he signs.