NFL Free Agents: Cordarrelle Patterson Trying to Recruit Adrian Peterson to Oakland Raiders
Newly-signed Oakland Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is recruiting his former Minnesota Vikings teammate Adrian Peterson to join him in his new team. Patterson signed with the Raiders earlier this month, while Peterson is still a free agent 11 days into free agency.
NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported that Patterson is trying to recruit Peterson to Oakland. He posted a message on Twitter, specifically for the former NFL MVP saying "Bruh come join the dark side" with a #RaiderNation hash tag at the end.
The Raiders has been suggested by some football analysts as one of the most fitting landing spots for Peterson. It is because of Oakland's great offensive line and a quarterback that more frequently works under center compared to the other teams.
Oakland is rumored to be trying to get former Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch out of retirement. However, it may not happen, as the 26-year-old Patterson is reportedly enticing his former teammate to sign up with the Raiders. The report noted that the club will have to send a "draft pick or other consideration to the Seahawks to get Lynch," which could topple the rumored deal altogether.
The Raiders can get Peterson without much complications in free agency. However, it does not seem like Oakland is interested in acquiring the seven-time Pro-Bowler, as the club has not approached him or his agents so far.
Speculations abound that the Raiders are simply waiting if they can pull off a deal to bring back Lynch. If not, then the team is expected to settle with Peterson if he is still available by that time.
Peterson has been one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the NFL in the last decade, getting named in the First-team All-Pro four times in his so far 10-year career. He was MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 when he rushed for an almost record-breaking 2,097 yards in 348 attempts.
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