(WVUE) - The risk is minimal. The reward could be great.
That's my initial impression of the Saints signing Adrian Peterson, according to ESPN.
Peterson is 32 and may not the same player he once was. But if he has some gas left in the tank then it's worth bringing him on board, especially with his relatively low price tag.
He won't be the feature back here in New Orleans. If such a thing exists for the Saints, it belongs to Mark Ingram. Peterson will be a backup.
He's there to spell Ingram and won't be asked to carry the load like he's done his entire career.
This isn't Champ Bailey from 2014 where the Saints were hoping he can still be a shutdown cornerback.
It's in this role, I think he can make the biggest difference. For starters, he'll avoid the wear and tear on his body. Plus, last season, Hightower was effective with 133 carries for 544 yards. Give Peterson those carries and there's a good chance he will surpass that production if healthy.
In a league where the games are designed to be close, imagine how much of a difference that can be to winning and losing?
The flip side is Peterson is done. His injuries caught up to him and Father Time claimed another great player.
It's happened before and it will happen again. But the Saints are banking that he's not done yet.