Adrian Peterson is in the news today after he appeared on “First Take” and discussed the possibility of continuing his NFL career somewhere besides Minnesota. In rattling off a list of potential landing spots in the event the Vikings decide they don’t want to pay him nearly $18,000,000.00 next year, Peterson mentioned a team that is near and dear to those reading this particular website.
"There's a couple teams out there that I've thought about. ... New York was one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay, lot of different teams. Houston would be a good spot," Peterson said. "I'll stop right there. ... I'm just throwing random names out there."
Credit to Adrian Peterson for readily admitting the randomness of his analysis. It strains credulity to imagine the Texans, a team with $25.7 million in salary cap space and a number of its own players eligible for new contracts, would spend what Peterson could command on the open market. That’s not to say any team will pay him anything close to what he’s scheduled to get with the Vikings next year (including the Vikings), but I imagine some team would pay considerably more than the Texans would to obtain Peterson’s services.
Plus, you know, the Texans just signed Lamar Miller last year. Miller played well in his first season in Houston, and his salary cap hit is $6.5 million in 2017. Miller is not going anywhere, and as phenomenal a career as Peterson has had, there’s a sound argument to be made that you’d rather have 25 year old Lamar Miller than 31 year old Adrian Peterson going forward.
Can you fathom a realistic scenario where the Houston Texans would sign Adrian Peterson?