The Adrian Peterson Tease

February 17th, 2017


Few things get Bucs fans hot in the pants like the thought of Adrian Peterson lining up behind America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston (Dalvin Cook is a close second).

It is widely assumed throughout the NFL that Peterson, unless he reworks his contract, will be a cap causality in the coming weeks.

Per, Peterson is due some $18 million. He turns 32 next month and has played in a total of 20 games the past three years due to injuries, just three games last year due to a bum knee and a bad groin.

Injury-prone 32-year old running backs are usually toxic in the NFL, which is why folks are doing the easy math to conclude Peterson has played his last game in Minnesota.

So that got folks at BSPN to wonder what team would be a good fit for Peterson. Earlier this year in an interview, Peterson threw out the Bucs as one of three teams he wants to play for if his days in the Land of 10,000 Lakes is over.

Ben Goessling of BSPN looked at the fit Peterson might have with Tampa Bay.

It might have been no accident that Peterson mentioned the Bucs (remember in 2015 when his agent, Ben Dogra, posed in a Tampa Bay hat next to Peterson’s jersey during his standoff with the Vikings?). They’ve got the cap space to pay him plenty of money, though an up-and-coming young team might look to stick with a back like Rodgers as it builds around quarterback Jameis Winston. Should the Buccaneers have interest, though, they’ve got the wherewithal to get Peterson.

Joe would be very shocked if Peterson played for the Bucs unless it would be at an insanely low contract.

The philosophy of the Bucs, which is not unusual throughout the NFL, is to run away from running backs who push 30. The data on running backs who reach 30 is both ugly and overwhelming. (Notice had Doug Martin not gotten popped in a whiz quiz for a banned PED, 2017 would have been the final year of his guaranteed contract. In 2018, wherever Martin plays, he will be 29).

Unless Peterson wants to play so badly with Jameis and agrees to work on the cheap, Joe just can’t see Peterson ever wearing a Bucs jersey outside of a Halloween party.

52 Responses to “The Adrian Peterson Tease”

  1. StPeteBucsfan Says:

    AP is not the future…he could be Mr. 2017 for the right deal however. Dogra would have to be willing to accept an incentive laden contract…doubtful.

    I’m not holding my breath expecting to see AP in a Buc’s uni.

    BTW ran into a dude in Starbucks this afternoon who was wearing a Texas Longhorn hat. Asked if he was a fan…he said YES..he went to school there. He saw every game last year. Asked about D’onta Foreman…was he the real deal?
    He’s a Texas grad so there is that prejudice but he raved about Foreman.

    Young dude was also a Packers fan and said Foreman is an even better version of Eddie Lacy. 6-1..250 and faster than the Muscle Turtle. I could live with him in the backfield if we can’t get Dalvin.

    In fact..both Foreman and Curtis Samuels of OSU are projected as 2nd rounders..if Licht could engineer a deal to get them both I’d be pretty jacked.
    Bruising Foreman…the best blocker of all RB’s in the draft…and Curtis Samuel…lightning fast and can play RB or WR although NFL types expect to see him at WR. Percy Harvin without the headaches. With his blazing speed I can see him all over the field…and Foreman could really help protect #3 with his blocking skills…when he isn’t pounding the rock. Two excellent weapons for #3.

  2. bucs_365 Says:

    Can we just let this crap go? We’re building a team for long term success, not an over-the-hill gang. Peterson is using us because we have cap space. Foek that guy.

  3. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    AP might have just enough juice for a final run under the lights of New York city. Go bite that BIG Apple homie. And trust me after shelling out 6million to the NFL after the child situation I can imagine he’s looking for all his change..

  4. SB Says:

    Joe……did you have a Large Liquid lunch today???

    “Few things get Bucs fans hot in the pants like the thought of Adrian Peterson lining up behind America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston (Dalvin Cook is a close second).

    If you think EVEN One of us would rather have AP over DC then you are either drunk or you bumped your head.

  5. SB Says:

    Wassup Nos my homie!

  6. USFBUC Says:

    this Bucs fan just shakes his head at any conversation about AP playign for the Bucs. There is no way he plays on the cheap, he wants what he thinks he is worth. If everything else was settled and all we needed was a run game then maybe sign him in conjunction with a drafted RB.

  7. Midnightstroker1 Says:

    Dude is looking to cash in to end his career. Unless its vet minimum. Just say no.

  8. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    What it do SB..

  9. pick6 Says:

    useless in the passing game, protecting and catching. throughout his career, the best fit for him has been a team with a crappy QB that only wants to throw 35% of the time. hasn’t he also basically forced the vikings to run the shotgun because that’s his preferred vantage point when getting the carry?

  10. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    I don’t see how ANY team including the Bucs could take D Cook in the first round. Between lingering injuries issues and character questions, I see cook falling into atleast the second round. And for everyone that thinks this reasoning is nuts, this is the same league that saw D freeman last until the 4th round, and Freeman was a much better prospect in the categories I mentioned then cook is currently.

  11. StPeteBucsfan Says:


    Well dude at least you’re not afraid to have a controversial take. You realize not ONE…draft guru suggests what you just said.

    We’ll see you after the draft and praise your draft smarts when Dalvin falls into at least the 2nd round. That sounds like you mean he could even drop further than the 2nd since you just compared him to a 4th round pick who you claim is better than Dalvin.

  12. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Great insight 79. That bolds well for my belief we will stand pat at 19. As far as lingering injuries are concerned I’m wondering exactly how he produced so much at FSU.

  13. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Lol buc4life
    That has to rival captnjimbo as the stupidest comment of 2017

  14. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    79 go to and see what you find. Don’t think it’s a coincidence that placed it there. Go check sir.

  15. SB Says:

    …….Grabs Popcorn………..

  16. Ocala Says:

    Dalvin is who I want.

    If he is available when we pick we need to turn in our card with his name in it in <10 seconds.

  17. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    Its like all of you guys have forgotten about Cadillac Williams.

    And Nosbos, the thing that triggers me so much about your incesscent pining for Cook, is that you brush off DE and DT as legit needs because its not guaranteed that they’ll work out.

    But you act as if Cook is a 100 percent sure thing that has 0 bust potential. Based on his surigical injury history, he could tear his labrum in the 1st preseason game. Or badly pull his hamstring that leaves him gimpy for half the season.

    We’ve endured an injury prone 1st round running back that came from a pro-style offense for the last 5 years. And even tho we were lucky to squeeze 2 productive years out of him, but ultimately, he wasnt worth the use of a 1st round pick.

  18. USFBUC Says:

    NosBos you could be on to something but it could also be a smoke screen trying to fool people into thinking we are taking a RB in the first. I like the pick though if we do. I still want to see us trade back into the first and get Howard though too.

  19. SB Says:

    USF…..I think Njoku is At Least as good.

  20. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    Its far more likely that O.J. is gone before we pick, tha. It is he’ll still be availble at the end of the 1st round.

    And SB, their skills as recievers are similar, but Njoku is no where near the all around tight end that O.J. is. Njoku is the same caliber blocker as Asj coming out of college, abd that aint a good thibg lol.

  21. SB Says:

    Blake I agree that I didn’t check out blocking skills, but Njoku is every bit the Freak Receiver that Howard is.

  22. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Cook, Fournette, McCaffrey, Samuel, Kamara, Foreman, Hunt…..we should be able to get a good young back in the Draft, and bring back Jacquizz. Just not sure that AP’s got much rubber left on the tires. Maybe for the right price on a 1 or 2 year deal, he might be worth a try, but I don’t see him willing to go for less than $8-$10 mil a year at the least.

  23. NFLNut Says:

    I LOVE Adrian Peterson but I’d be much more excited to see James with Forunette/Cook/McCaffery … even Mixon than AP … age is a killer in the NFL

  24. bucnut2 Says:

    I’ll be REALLy disappointed if we spend serious money on this washed up guy. Look at his stats in the last 20 games. His stats are worse than Martins. Let run away from AP

  25. SB Says:

    We as fans should definitely do more research on McCaffery as it is much more likely that he will fall for us. I have seen him taken in the Second round even! I think he will Blow Up the Combine and make himself a mid-round pick. I have been wrong once before though. 🙂

  26. gotbbucs Says:

    I honestly can’t believe this is even a talking point. HE IS DONE. There is absolutely no reason to think about this. If you think that child beater is going to come in and play for anything less than $10 million dollars a year you’re nuts, and he isn’t worth the veteran minimum at this point.


    @StPete – with all due respect, these so called “draft gurus” are always wrong every year. The only thing they are consistent at is being wrong lol. They are just throwing names against a wall in hopes something sticks.

  28. cmurda Says:

    The bromance between NOSBOS and SB is so adorable.

    Nah, I’m just messing around.

    DALVIN COOK. I’m all in. AP isn’t even a distant second. I would go Mike Ditka on this draft for Dalvin.

  29. USFBUC Says:

    @ SB the only issue I see with McCaffrey is his size at 197 lbs. Cook is slightly larger at 213. Then there is Mixon at 226. All three are dynamic players but for me I want a back that is a little bit larger in the NFL. I wouldn’t be disappointed with any of the three or some of the other RBs in this draft.

  30. USFBUC Says:

    @ cmurda I don’t know that I would go Ditka for Cook. It might be okay to go swap of firsts, a second, and a fourth but even that feels pricey.

    We need a RB, S, CB, TE, WR, DT at least in this draft/FA.

  31. SB Says:

    Mixon is not even in the ‘mix’ lol, unless it is 4th or later. He won’t get a chance to showcase his skills at the combine. He will have a pro day and privates to which teams invite him. Cook will be gone before we can get him. McCaffery is a True triple threat. He will add 10 lbs at least in the next two years. I am in NO way saying that he is what we should do in the first. I still want the best DE or DL available. I can’t help it, I like to hit people in the face. But this is now. We haven’t had the chance to land Calais Campbell. If we do, then we can go after a WR…but wait, what if we land Tyrel Pryor…..Then we can go after RB………OH So many scenarios.

  32. StPeteBucsfan Says:


    Actually the draft gurus are not THAT wrong. Not saying they get all their picks right ..especially the later rounds…but aside from a moron having a pic released with his face stuffed in a weed filled gas mask…most of their first round picks indeed do go in the first round.

    Let’s just say I’ll trust their judgement more than any anonymous blogger here on JBF….myself included. But again if Dalvin drops deep into the second round I’ll be the first to recognize his draft prediction prowess…of course if DC goes in the first we’ll know how credible B4lyfe is.

  33. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    UsfBuc i dont see McCaffreys current weight as a big negative. Because he looks like he has a frame that could support 15-20 more pounds of muscle.

  34. SB Says:

    The only way Dalvin Cook drops into the second round is if he gets busted for a crime before the draft. Jeesh get a grip will ya? Kid has made some mistakes. He has had some fumbles. But he is a Playmaker and he will do so at the Combine as well. He will be a top 15 pick unless he is stupid enough to get in trouble again. Second round? That is lunacy.

  35. SB Says:

    Blake I think he is a Swiss Army knife. If utilized correctly the kid fits Everywhere.

  36. SB Says:

    Talking about McCaffery.

  37. USFBUC Says:

    @ Blake I would love to see McCaffrey show up to the combine at like 210 or 215 and still run a 4.4 or 4.5. If he does he may well jump up the draft boards. Then we are back in the does he make it to 19 scenario.

  38. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    I didn’t necessarily mean right away USF lol. Not gonna lie I would love to see it to, but I think it would be a least a few months down the line. And out of all the top level RB’s Christian is the one I fully expect to be there at 19, I could be wrong though.

    I’ll tell you this tho, If that boy ends up in Green Bay, or New England… Look out for Rookie of the year awards coming his way lol.

  39. JonBuc Says:

    Heard Darren McFadden on XM radio today stumping for a gig…he’s hurt more than Joe Lee’s feelings when Charles Sims is mentioned…probably too old. Ow that I think of it 🙂

  40. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    And SB bro I completely agree on McCaffrey. Although I think that GB and NE could probably squeeze the most amount of Juice outta McLovin, theoretically he should fit into any scheme. Every team in the league, minus the ones with elite level RB’s already, would benefit from a player with Christians skill set.

    The more I’ve watched, the more I like him.

    But O.J and Corey are still at the top of my list.

  41. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I just watched some Kareem Hunt videos, and this kid is quick AND fast. I know highlight films aren’t everything, and he didn’t always play top level competition, but speed isn’t the only thing I noticed. His change of speeds and direction is special. He has great balance and bounces off of defenders. I’ve seen him mocked in the last 2 rounds a lot, but now I think he’ll be off the board before the 5th.

  42. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    I like Kareem Hunt as well. He was the Mvp of the Senior bowl as well as having some great film. getting him the 3rd round would be spectacular. And would free us up to go Defense in the 1st or 2nd.

  43. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Your clueless if you actually believe Freeman was a better prospect than Dalvin. Anybody who watches FSU knows that nobody expected Freeman to be this good in the NFL, Dalvin is so much better than Freeman was at FSU.

  44. Name Requred Says:

    Plenty of RBs out there that are younger, faster, and don’t have near as many injuries. But if they picked him up, I wouldn’t scream for Licht to be fired.

    But here’s my issue: Child abuse. No way I’m picking up that jersey.

  45. Kevinthepainter Says:

    This team needs to start getting the most out of its draft picks. Scouting department and talent evaluators have to get it right every year. Free agents can be great but they need to draft well and get the most out of theyre young players on the field.

    Why doesnt anyone talk about leanard fournette? I

  46. SOEbuc Says:

    No way Licht and the Glazers are bringing in AP. We are building through the draft and they aren’t paying these “bridge” players anywhere close to what AP would be asking. Especially one that’s been extremely banged up the past few years. I think they keep Dougie this year along with Quizz to start the first three games. I really think they are going to take a WR in the first (I’m hoping Corey Davis is still there, maybe JuJu, not John Ross) or O.J. Howard if he’s still there. JuJu isn’t extremely speedy but he would be a good number two then we could pick up a quality FA with a lot of speed. A good looking RB would be nice in the second or third but not the first.

  47. CalBucsFan Says:

    I would be on board with taking Cook if he’s still on the board, but watching McCaffrey, the dude is a natural would instantly shred defenses and draw DB coverage opening the field for Evans. He’s the kind of player that is overlooked, undervalued, and ends up in NE. And if that strategy works for NE, then why not in TB? After all, Licht is from the Bellicheat coaching tree, isn’t he? Bucs could drop down a half dozen picks or so, pick up another quality pick or two, then take McCaffrey.

  48. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    AP only mentioned those teams because he needed to generate bargaining power. We see the same sorts of things every year. Last year, JPP did the same thing…and ended up staying with the Giants.

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I agree with SOEbuc

  50. chipbuc Says:

    CalBucs, Couldn’t agree with you more. For some reason people are down grading McCaffrey. It doesn’t make sense because if you watch him he passes my main criteria the eye test. He is every bit as electric as Cook, if people don’t believe that watch a tape of his 2015 2016 high lite tape. Don’t get me wrong i would take Cook in a minute, but if he’s not there at 19 ,McCaffrey is a good plan B.

  51. The bucfan 88 Says:

    Okay guys hear me out I hear that bell is going to be a free agent why not invest our money into a young up & coming running back now I know he has a injury problem but if we get belldraft a RB in the second Round as an insurance plan I’m down for bell being a buc

  52. CLOS Says:

    Your crazy if you think Steelers let Bell walk.