The Saints have already made a number of moves this season in an attempt to bolster their sluggish defense. Now, it's the offense's turn to see some action.
Coach Sean Payton is a big fan of using multiple running backs. Last year, Tim Hightower and Mark Ingram split carries to keep each other fresh. Hightower is now with the 49ers, so the Saints are looking for another back to complement Ingram.
Enter Adrian Peterson.
The seven-time Pro Bowleris still in search of a team after being released by the Vikings. Peterson is no longer one of the best backs in the league due to his age and a number of knee injuries, but teams are interested anyway.
Peterson recently visited the Saints, and according to The Advocate.com, the two sides are still interested in working out a deal.
Ingram and Payton were involved in a dustup last season when Payton subbed Ingram out of the game after he worked the ball down to the 1-yard line. Bringing someone like Peterson into the squad could lead to a clashing of egos, which would be unnecessary considering Ingram is in his prime, while Peterson is well past his own prime.
Payton is also a big fan of Stanford's Christian McCaffrey. The multitalented playmaker captivated audiences with his big-play ability in college. Payton thinks he can be like a couple other runner backs that excelled in his system.
"He’s got the ability to make people miss, but also to make tough yards in the pile,” Payton said of McCaffrey, via MMQB. "I’ve got a crystal-clear vision of the player. He’d be like Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush for us, kind of the Joker role [versatile back]. But I think you have to have a pitch count on him."
McCaffrey could, of course, be gone by the time New Orleans makes its No. 11 overall pick. Both the Jaguars and the Panthers are in need of running backsand pick in the top 10.
Should Payton fail to find a young back in the draft to compliment Ingram, he may turn back to Peterson, which could lead to some drama in New Orleans next season.