NFL Rumors: Former MVP Adrian Peterson to Sign Contract After 2017 Draft

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 04/14/17 10:34PM EDT

There might still be hope for free agent running back and former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson. After meeting with three teams so far this offseason, he remains unsigned. However, good news could come his way after the 2017 NFL Draft, which takes place on April 27-29, concludes. 

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport tweeted recently that Peterson is unlikely to have a contract ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft, although interested teams will still "monitor" him. This is a positive sign for the running back since it looks like there is a chance someone would give him another shot.

CBS Sports stated that this is not "surprising." It is expected for these teams to look at this year's group of running back prospects first, before granting Peterson a deal. If one can be selected later this month, then they would go with this option, instead of gambling and signing an aging running back who was limited to three games last season due to injury. 

If Rapoport's report is true, then the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, and the New Orleans Saints are the ones that "monitor" Peterson. The Seahawks may no longer be in the conversation after they signed Eddie Lacy to a one-year deal last March. The Pats and the Saints may still be in the running, but none is certain at this point. 

Ahead of this year's free agency period, the market was expected to be a good one for Peterson after he parted ways Minnesota Vikings. This was despite the issues and health setbacks he needed to deal with in the past few years. However, when he became available, the list of interested organizations got shorter. Soon, he received the same treatment experienced by quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler. 

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