Adrian Peterson rumors: Patriots to host running back on free agent visit

The veteran running back's long-rumored interest in the Patriots seems to be mutual, at least in an exploratory sense.

Adrian Peterson's long-rumored interest in the Patriots seems to be mutual.

New England will host the oft-injured star running back for a free agent visit Monday in Foxborough, Mass., ESPN.com reported, citing sources.

Peterson,released by the Vikings March 9, has generated lukewarm intrigue so far from clubs wary about the 32-year-old's mileage. That, combined with a separate ESPN report from March that said Peterson wants to be paid $8 million in 2017 — third in the NFL behindLe'Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy — are working against the 10-year veteran.

The Seahawks also hosted Peterson last month.

On the surface, it would appear Peterson and the Patriots are an imperfect match.

New England's frugal approach to filling its backfield doesn't align with the seven-time Pro Bowler's reported asking price, but the club will at least explore the possibility and isin need of a power running back option since2016 go-toLeGarrette Blountremains a free agent.

At the right price, Peterson, who hasn't played a full season since 2012, would fill the role that helped Blount run for an NFL-best 18 touchdowns last season.

New England's backfield already includesDion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead and D.J. Foster, but none have carried the ball more than 64 times in a season.

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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. In that regard, there's perhaps no better situation in the NFL than with the defending champion Patriots.

Peterson was set to earn$18 million, including a $6 million roster bonus, before his release from the Vikings.

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