Adrian Peterson is still searching for a team ahead of the 2017 season, and a prominent member of the Buccaneers might just back the former Pro Bowler joining his squad.
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston trained in Houston with Peterson this offseason, and he raved about the star running back's work ethic.
"Being able to be in the presence of whom many consider to be one of the greatest backs, especially of this generation, my generation —to be able to learn [from] and see his work ethic, to see the way he works, man, you really know why he's great," Winston said, viaESPN.com.
"You know why he's been able to play at a high level in this league for so long, which helps me, because I want to be great," he added. "I want to be considered one of the best players in the league. To see that [after] 10 years, this man is still outworking everybody in his own facility, it's amazing. It's very eye-opening to me and motivating."
Peterson missed almost all of last season after suffering another major knee injury. He still wants to play, but teams haven't really jumped at the opportunity to sign the 32-year-old running back at his asking price.
Tampa Bay might need a running back next season with two-time Pro Bowler Doug Martin suspended for the first three gamesafterviolating the league's substance abuse policy.
Peterson has also visited the Saints and Patriots.
The Bucs, out of the three teams, would offer him the most direct route to playing time right away, assuming he checks out medically.