Adrian Peterson, eternal free agent.
New England will host the oft-injured star running back for a free agent visit Monday in Foxborough, Mass., ESPN.com reported, citing sources. There is no doubt that Peterson is a better player than Blount, and he is only two years older, but he's had some knee issues over the last few years, although he did return from both injuries much sooner than expected, and in both cases he was ready to play.
Adrian Peterson's long-rumored interest in the Patriots seems to be mutual.
Peterson, who's tallied all 11,747 yards rushing in his career with the Vikings, found himself on the open market in the offseason after Minnesota declined to pick up his option in late February.
At this stage in his career, Peterson surely is looking to join a club with Super Bowl aspirations.
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Blount set the single-season record for rushing touchdowns.
As far as teams that Peterson might want to play for, New England seems like the ideal fit.
The Patriots have not re-signed LeGarrette Blount, who led the National Football League with 18 rushing touchdowns last season, but added former Cincinnati Bengals running back Rex Burkhead in free agency. But landing Peterson would definitely be the biggest head-turner of them all.
New England's backfield already includes Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead and D.J. Foster, but none have carried the ball more than 64 times in a season.