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3 teams that need to pick up Adrian Peterson ASAP

Adrian Peterson, Seahawks, Saints, Raiders

After almost a year-long break, veteran running back Adrian Peterson found his way back to the league once again after being signed by the Tennessee Titans in early November. Due to the season-ending injury of star rusher Derrick Henry, Mike Vrabel needed the contribution of the 36-year-old who eventually saw action in three games.

From Weeks 9 to 11, Peterson compiled a total of 82 rushing yards on 27 carries to go with a touchdown scored for the Titans. His level of production was respectable given his advanced age though Tennessee still opted to waive him not long after.

The former NFL MVP may not be the old dominant rusher that he once was but his short stint with the Titans showed that he is still capable of contributing to any given team. At the same time, a handful of squads also need to beef up their RB room due to injuries which could potentially open up a roster spot for the tenured veteran in the near future.

With that said, here are three teams that could still acquire Adrian Peterson heading to the latter half of the season:

3. Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders have found themselves trending in the headlines for the wrong reasons over the past month. The ugly off-field situations eventually translated to on-field struggles as the Raiders have lost three straight games to nab the third spot in the AFC West with a 5-5 record.

In their recent losses, the ground game has been non-existent as RB1 Josh Jacobs has seemingly been contained by their opponents. Without a prominent rushing threat on the field, the Raiders’ offense eventually became one-dimensional as they are now heavily relying on their passing game. For this very reason, the team has failed to gain rhythm on the offensive end as they scored less than 16 points in all three of their most recent defeats.

Enter Adrian Peterson into the picture in Vegas as he could serve as a spark plug for the struggling running back unit that needs to be re-energized in order to find its previous form. He can still provide timely contributions on the field which could benefit the Raiders who are currently facing a steep climb towards securing a playoff seat this season.

2. Seattle Seahawks

Another team that is having trouble getting sufficient production from its RBs is the Seattle Seahawks. Since Week 4, Pete Carroll’s squad has been without top rusher Chris Carson who has now undergone season-ending neck surgery. With the absence of the 27-year-old, the Seahawks are now left with a shallow running back room filled with mostly young and inexperienced players.

Like the Raiders, the Seahawks have also been struggling to put up points as they have been leaning on the passing game as of late. Though receiver Tyler Lockett continues to perform and tally huge numbers, it is still not enough to power the entire offense back to where it was before. Even the return of quarterback Russell Wilson from injury wasn’t able to fix the team’s offensive woes as they already dropped two consecutive games for a 3-7 record.

A playoff seat in the NFC is already looking out of hand for Seattle but they can still use Adrian Peterson to pump life on their offense and put up a last-gasp attempt to secure a postseason bid. Despite the odds, the Seahawks will surely aim to end their campaign on a high note and their potential acquisition of the veteran RB can help them rack up some wins towards the home stretch of the 2021 season.

1. New Orleans Saints

Perhaps the most injury-plagued squad in the league as of Week 11 is the New Orleans Saints. After seeing quarterback Jameis Winston go down with a season-ending torn ACL injury, star rusher Alvin Kamara has also been missing action for the past two games due to a knee injury.

Just last month, the Saints brought back a familiar face in Mark Ingram but he eventually headed to the sidelines after sustaining a similar knee injury in Week 11. At this point, the team could use any form of help that they can get and could potentially benefit from acquiring Peterson off waivers.

Being losers of three straight contests for a 5-5 record, the playoff hopes of the Saints are looking quite murky as of the moment. Admittedly, Adrian Peterson won’t completely change the outlook of the team, given the injuries that continue to stockpile in the other areas of their roster. However, the Saints can definitely maximize his veteran presence and leadership to spark the last push that they need in hopes of getting a spot in the NFC playoffs.