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Adrian Peterson: Almost no way to picture him with the Bucs

 
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reportedly visiting the New England Patriots Monday.
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reportedly visiting the New England Patriots Monday.
Published April 3, 2017

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is Vikings running back Adrian Peterson worth when pictured with Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston?

Peterson and Winston are working out together with famed trainer Tim Grover and a photograph posted on Twitter by quarterback whisperer George Whitfield, Jr. emerged Tuesday.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was unaware of Winston's new training partner.

"i've seen Adrian Peterson many times playing and that guy is one of the best running backs to ever play,'' Koetter said. "I'm anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him how his workouts went. That caught me off guard. I didn't know that. I'll be honest with you, first thing I thought when I saw that was Jamies is just an amazing guy. The guy is everywhere.'

That, of course, set off more speculation about whether Peterson might find a home in Tampa Bay.

It's true, the Bucs are uncertain about the future of running back Doug Martin, who will miss the first three games of the season serving a suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs. At minimum, the Bucs are waiting to let a running back-laden draft play out before they make a decision on Martin.

They also have re-signed running back Jacquizz Rodgers and return Charles Sims and Peyton Barber.

You never say never when it comes to personnel matters, but it's hard to be more definitive than to say Peterson is defintely NOT in the Bucs plans.

Peterson is 32 and has been plagued with injuries two of the past three years. Last season, Peterson played in only three games, rushing 37 times for 72 yards (1.9 avg.).

He was scheduled to earn $11.7-million in 2017 until the Vikings decided not to pick up his option, so chances are he expects the compensation befitting a starting running back.

No telling where Peterson eventually lands, but there's almost no scenario where you can picture him in Tampa Bay.