The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still basking in the glow of hoisting the Lombardi trophy in their home stadium. While the city of Tampa prepares for the victory boat parade, the thought of a title defense is already in the forefront.
Winning a championship comes with several benefits and burdens. National recognition is the obvious benefit, trying to navigate the salary cap and keep the team intact is definitely going to be a burden.
It’s like clockwork, when a team wins a championship, potential free agents express their desire to jump on the bandwagon. Enter running back Adrian Peterson.
While speaking with TMZ Sports, Peterson stated he would “definitely” be interested in joining the Buccaneers.
“That would definitely be something I’m interested in, if they want me to be a part of it, I’ll be a part of it for sure. Because I’m definitely trying to add a trophy to my resume.”
When it rains, it pours right? Peterson is most definitely a Hall of Famer, but at 35 years of age what would his value be? What kind of price tag would he be looking for?
Peterson does have tread left on the tire though. He posted better numbers in 2020 than Buccaneers’ running back Leonard Fournette did. The other side of that is, Fournette was sharing the workload with running back Ronald Jones, so not quite a fair comparison but worth noting.
The Buccaneers proved that running back by committee can and does work with their combination of Fournette and Jones. If Peterson is comfortable with taking the LeSean McCoy role on a veteran minimum contract then I’m all for it. If not, then that would have to be a hard pass.
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