Earlier this week the Patriots hosted Adrian Peterson in Foxborough for a workout and free agent visit and immediately local talk radio and social media were sent into orbit. The former Vikings All-Pro comes with plenty of baggage, specifically due to his highly publicized child abuse incident involving his son.
In addition to those more serious issues, Peterson's advancing age and lack of passing game prowess also factor into the equation. The 32-year-old is coming off a knee injury and has never really been much of a receiver or blocker in the backfield. Peterson also has had issues with ball security in the past.
However, few if any backs have been more productive and the Patriots could certainly use a lead back. Peterson has topped 1,200 yards seven times in his 10-year career and averages just under 5 yards per carry during that time. He also has 97 career rushing touchdowns to his credit.
With LeGarrette Blount still in free agent limbo, it's possible the Patriots could sign the veteran to fill his shoes. The pros are obvious as he would represent a significant upgrade over his predecessor when healthy. Two years ago he had 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns coming off a 2014 season that saw him play just one game due to his suspension. Few backs possess his combination of size, speed and toughness.
But Peterson does come with some questions. The Patriots have been vocal about steering clear of some players with high-profile off-field issues. They reportedly have removed Joe Mixon, the former Oklahoma running back who missed time due to a domestic violence incident, from their draft board. So, signing Peterson will likely lead to some unwanted attention, both locally and nationally.
Rather than debate the merits of signing Peterson, this week we simply present each side of the issue and will leave it up to the fans.