Adrian Peterson is not in the plans for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers have work to do at the running back position. This is not news, we have talked about it at length since the season ended. The Doug Martin situation has the team scrambling to fix this group as the team heads to training camp. Will they keep Martin? Will they release him? Who will they take in the draft? The answer to these questions will be answered in the near future.
There is a lot of talk about Dalvin Cook, some talk about Marlon Mack, and still others talk about Christian McCaffrey. Others talk about players that may be available later in the draft. But, we know that the position will be addressed.
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What about this Adrian Peterson rumor that just won’t go away? The talk was strong initially but seemed to back down until recently. As we talked about last week, Peterson was seen working out with quarterback Jameis Winston. That, not surprisingly, got everyone talking. Could Peterson end up in Tampa Bay? Imagine what the Bucs offense would look like with a healthy Peterson added to the stable of weapons.
Bucs fans, it may be time to stop dreaming about this one. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times was pretty convincing on the matter recently:
"You never say never when it comes to personnel matters, but it’s hard to be more definitive than to say Peterson is defintely NOT in the Bucs plans.Peterson is 32 and has been plagued with injuries two of the past three years. Last season, Peterson played in only three games, rushing 37 times for 72 yards (1.9 avg.)."
That is pretty clear, don’t you think? Trevor Sikkema of the Pewter Report echoed this sentiment on the past week’s podcast.
Many of you were split on this idea, but it’s understandable that the Bucs would not want to bring this guy around. The rumor is that he wants to play for a lot of money, and it’s hard to know just what Peterson is anymore. Can he get back to his old form? Sure. But it is far from a guarantee.
The Bucs are much safer moving the position forward with younger players, not a 32-year-old that has been hurt more than he has played of late.
Are we disappointed about this, or are we better off? Sound off in the comments.