NFL Rumors: Giants Interested in Veteran Rushers Adrian Peterson, LeGarrette Blount
The New York Giants are in the market for a running back after releasing Rashad Jennings in February. The Giants can either use the 2017 NFL Draft to fill the position or sign veteran free agent rushers such as Adrian Peterson and LeGarrette Blount.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Giants are interested in acquiring either Peterson or Blount. However, La Canfora said the Giants have no intention of overpaying for either especially before the NFL Draft, where they pick 23rd in the first round.
The 2017 NFL Draft is deep at the running back position, with Leonard Fournette and Joe Mixon leading the way. This situation has put veterans like Peterson and Blount in a negative position, especially when it comes to age.
Peterson recently visited the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints but was not offered a contract. Peterson attended a meeting with Patriots officials and underwent a thorough tryout but came home empty handed. However, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said Peterson and the Saints will continue to talk in the coming days.
Last year, a knee injury ended Peterson's season after three games, finishing with 37 carries for 72 yards and no touchdown. After that, the Vikings released Peterson and signed Latavius Murray to a three-year, $15 million deal.
Blount, for his part, was coming off a career season with the New England Patriots, rushing for 1,161 yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns. However, he was asking for more guaranteed money from the Patriots, who ran out of patience and signed Buffalo Bills rusher Mike Gillislee to a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the 26-year-old Gillislee has signed the offer sheet. The Bills were given days to either match or decline the Patriots' offer.
Gillislee tallied 101 carries for 577 yards and eight touchdowns for the Bills last season, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. The Patriots met with Gillislee while they were trying to sign Blount to a new deal.
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