2017 Jets will be NFL’s Worst Team – Even Much Worse than Browns

2017-jets-otasThe New York Jets entered the 2016-17 NFL season full of promise. After all, they were coming off a surprise 10-6 season where they narrowly missed the playoffs. Then New York lost 6 of their first 7 games and things never got better.

What hope do the Jets have for a turnaround in the 2017-18 campaign?

Very little…in fact, they’re likely to be the league’s worst team. In comparison, the 2017 Browns could look like Super Bowl contenders.

The truth is that New York may not mind their position because they need a quarterback badly. And the prize for finishing last will likely be USC quarterback Sam Darnold in the 2018 NFL Draft.

What’s most shocking about the Jets’ descent is how quickly it’s happened. They poured $168 million into five free agents in the 2015 offseason – and it paid off in the form of a 10-6 record. Then everything went wrong in 2016 as they limped to a 4-12 record.

brandon-marshall-jetsThings will only get worse because the team lost Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Clady, David Harris, Eric Decker, and Calvin Pryor from last year’s squad. Harris and Decker were actually cut this month, showing that New York isn’t confident in their chances this season.

Jets fans will be in misery watching the team in 2017. That said, let’s go through the reasons why they’ll struggle so badly.

Overall Reasons why Jets will be so Bad

New York is tanking, and we can’t blame them. Even if they’d brought back all of their veterans, they’d be lucky to win 6-7 games. So why spend money on another below-average team?

As we’ll cover later, everything begins with the Jets’ quarterback situation. Without a decent signal caller, this squad has no chance to move the ball any better than they did last season.

The defensive line will be the lone bright spot in an otherwise lost season. Unfortunately, the rest of the defense – especially cornerback – doesn’t have much to offer. If New York is going to get sacks, few of them will be through coverage.

2017 Jets Offseason Moves

josh-mccown-jetsNew York’s biggest moves include spending $34 million guaranteed to keep tackle Benjamin Ijalana and lure tackle Kelvin Beachum away from the Jacksonville Jaguars. They also signed respectable journeyman QB Josh McCown for $6 million and cornerback Morris Claiborne for $5 million.

These are good moves, but they don’t quite cover it.

The Jets tried for New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower, but he stayed put with the Patriots. They got a solid first-round draft pick in LSU safety Jamal Adams, but then they drafted safety Marcus Maye in the second round. Both Adams and Maye could end up being very good safeties, but these are curious picks for a rebuilding team.

2017 Jets QB Situation

hackenberg-jetsNow we get to the worst of the worst – New York’s quarterback. They took Christian Hackenberg in the second round last season, despite concerns about his accuracy. Given that Hackenberg is hitting reporters with passes, things don’t look much better right now.

The Penn State product didn’t get any experience last season either. He had a poor preseason, then failed to get on the field, even when the team was losing badly. Perhaps he can still show signs of improvement this season. But if the 37-year-old McCown plays the whole year, then we know that Hackenberg is a failed draft pick.

Problems on the Horizon

sheldon-richardsonAs mentioned before, New York’s best position will be the D-line. But this is only if the players they’re counting on come through.

Sheldon Richardson, an unrestricted free agent after this year, is coming off a broken leg and had just 1.5 sacks before that. Muhammad Wilkerson, who got a big contract extension last year, also played poorly. Both players were benched for a quarter in a game last year for being late to a meeting. Richardson and Wilkerson are expected to play better, which is a must if their D-line is to excel.

Quincy Enunwa as No. 1 Receiver

quincy-enunwa-jetsBrandon Marshall had a disappointing year after catching 59 passes for 788 yards and 3 touchdowns. Decker totaled just 9 catches for 194 before a season-ending injury. Both are gone, which leaves Quincy Enunwa as the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver right now. He had 58 catches for 857 yards last season, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can top 1,000 as the go-to option.

Bilal Powell as the Feature Back

Bilal Powell has spent most of his career as a third-down back. However, last year he got a chance in an every-down role, and he did decent. Powell rushed for 722 yards and 3 touchdowns, while catching 56 balls for another 388 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was most impressive in the last four weeks of the season, rushing for 103 yards per game while averaging 4.8 YPC.

Will Todd Bowles be Fired?

todd-bowles-jets-firedTodd Bowles was a very good defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals, and he had a great first season with the Jets in 2015. But coming off a 4-12 season, it’s easy to see Bowles taking the fall if New York is as bad as we expect. He’ll have to show that he’s excellent at player development this season to stay on because the Jets are unlikely to be any good. The other scenario is that Bowles wins far more than anybody expects – although this seems contradictory to what New York’s management has set him up to do.

Expectations for New York Jets’ 2017-18 Season

The best case scenario for New York is that they finish 1-15, secure the league’s worst record, and draft USC’s Sam Darnold (or whoever the top QB prospect is). Worst case scenario is that they go 6-10 and miss out on a potential franchise-changing quarterback.

This team isn’t set up to win and management knows it. They want the top pick in next April’s draft, and they want to develop young players this season. Chances are that the Jets will be worse than the Browns, 49ers, and any other contenders for the bottom. An Oct. 8 date with Cleveland could decide the top pick in 2018.

An unfortunate side product of this tanking is that Bowles is 80-90% assured of losing his job. But if the Jets are going to blow this thing up and start over, they’d better do it right with a terrible season.

Jets Week 1 Betting Line at GTBets.eu

NY Jets +6 (-105)
Buffalo Bills -6 (+115)

Browns Futures: DeShone Kizer Week 1 Starter?

deshone-kizer-browns-starterThe Cleveland Browns waited to pull the trigger on a QB this spring, drafting DeShone Kizer with the 52nd pick. And if Browns’ OTAs are any indication, it might turn out to be a gem of a move.

Few know what to expect from the Notre Dame product at the NFL level. Kizer has offered lofty self-comparisons to Cam Newton and Tom Brady, while vowing that he won’t “sit around and watch from the sidelines.”

Head coach Hue Jackson quieted some of this talk from the rookie. But it’s clear that Kizer is looking good out on the practice field.

“He [Jackson] laid it right to me, and he said ‘look, this is not about you playing right away, this is not about a timetable on when you’re going to play,” Kizer said after signing a four-year rookie contract worth about $4.9 million. “It’s about you just learning as much as you possibly can and becoming a better quarterback and that’s been my mindset since the day he said that. I’m going to continue to believe that until they tell me otherwise.”

It’s clear that with the way the Browns’ quarterback situation is, Kizer will have a chance to do more than just learn in his first year. But for now, he’s just listening to Jackson and picking up the playbook.

“There’s so much I have to learn,” he told Cleveland.com. “I’m still in the same position I was last time we talked and that’s just trying to put myself in the position to compete one day. I don’t know if that day is now. It’s all about learning as much as you can and becoming as comfortable as you can so I can compete one day for that starting job.”

First QB in the Rotation

Kizer has done a very good job of picking things up during the OTAs. In fact, Jackson put him in as the first quarterback on the second day of minicamp. This marked the first time that anybody besides Cody Kessler has been put in this situation.

deshone-kizer-hue-jackson“It’s awesome,” Kizer said regarding being in with the first team. “When you’re out there with the guys who have done if for a while, some veterans who have completely seen everything, it not only helps me with my confidence, but also it puts me in the best position when I’m wrong to get it right.”

Jackson has yet to offer DeShone anything on why he’s suddenly playing with the starters. He also downplayed the matter to the media, saying that he’s trying different combinations. But whatever the case may be, Kizer is taking full advantage of the opportunity.

“It’s been, once again, an opportunity just to learn as much as I can,” he explained. “We all have the same mindset in the sense of it’s a learning game for me and trying to put myself in a position to compete one day. I think coach believes that it’s the best for me to get out there and learn from the guys who have been doing it for a while.”

Kizer added, “To sit here and say that a month’s worth of learning that offense and being out here is enough to be a starter would be really naive of me. There’s so much more I have to learn. I haven’t gameplanned for a team yet. We haven’t gone in and sat down and put in the hours to prepare for Pittsburgh yet. So to say that I’m in a position to go start against that team, I’d be completely wrong.”

Rookie Mistakes

Despite the progress he’s shown, Kizer isn’t immune the rookie gaffes that all first-year players struggle with. On Tuesday, he thew a short flat pass to rookie David Njoku, only to watch linebacker Jamie Collins jump the route and return it for a pick-six.

“The challenging plays are the more valuable of the two,” Kizer said. “The biggest learning experiences for me are the situations in which a guy who’s a Pro Bowler — who’s won a Super Bowl — plays me like a fiddle and comes off the edge and picks one off.

“Now I get to see what that looks like on film and be able to take those mental reps from that and learn from it. I’ll continue to learn from this great defense throughout all of training camp.”

Studious Player

deshone-kizer-cleveland-browns-week-1Once OTAs end, Kizer will perform workouts with QB expert Tom House in Los Angeles.

He’ll also be studying Cleveland’s playbook during the break as well.

“I was just talking to my parents about it,” Kizer explained. “I like to consider this like a calculus class. You miss one day of a calculus class, you’re set back for the whole semester. So I’ve been in that playbook as much as I possibly can and truly trying to figure out what my process is to learn this as fast as I can so that when it does come time to game plan I understand the offense before he starts throwing different things at me.”

Despite all of the work he’s putting in, Kizer knows that there’s a strong chance he’ll be watching from the sidelines – at least in the beginning. But he also plans to continue working for when his chance does arise.

“It’s obvious that the more time you spend on something the better you’re going to get at it,” he said. “Right now, my mindset is all just about learning and when coach says ‘hey look, here’s the situation’ then I can go out there and change my mindset.”

We won’t have a full idea on where Kizer stands on the depth chart until the preseason begins in August. But right now, it looks like he at least has a shot to compete with Kessler and others for the starting role.

2017-18 Cleveland Browns Futures & Betting

There’s no telling how DeShone Kizer will truly impact the Browns’ upcoming season at this point. But it appears that Kizer could possibly improve a position that was sorely lacking for the Browns last season. So keep this in mind if you make any early bets on Cleveland.

Check GTBets.eu for both Cleveland’s Week 1 line and futures (when available). At this time, the Browns open as a +8 underdog at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chicago Bears Futures: QB Situation Headlines 2017-18 Season

mike-glennon-bearsThe Chicago Bears made some offseason decisions that had fans scratching their heads. First, the Bears signed Mike Glennon – who’s only appeared in 21 games in three seasons – to a 3-year, $45 million deal.

It seemed strange that a team which talked so much about wanting a top-tier quarterback would give starter-like money to a backup.

But then Chicago made another curious move…trading their third and fourth-round picks in this year’s draft, and a 2018 third-rounder, for the right to move up one pick to No. 2. Here, they selected North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky second overall.

Some were shocked that Chicago gave up so much to move up 1 spot, while San Francisco slid down one peg to No. 3. But as CSN Chicago points out, the Bears actually fared better in this deal when considering the numbers.

So there we have it: Mike Glennon is a temporary solution while Trubisky is being groomed. At worst, Glennon will receive $18.5 million to start the 2017-18 season, with the Bears possibly cutting ties if Trubisky is ready for the 2018-19 campaign.

Will Glennon be an Upgrade from Jay Cutler?

2018-bears-futuresOne of the biggest free agent departures for Chicago is former QB Jay Cutler, who’s still looking for a team after spending 8 seasons with the Bears. Both sides were ready to part after Cutler had an abysmal season, where he threw for 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and completed 59.1% of his passes in just five games.

One could argue that Cutler could’ve played much better without the injuries and some more offensive talent. After all, he’s thrown for 208 TDs, 146 INTs, and completed 61.1% of his passes in 11 seasons. But then again, there are no guarantees that he’d be better either.

This brings us to Glennon, who played decent whenever given a shot in Tampa Bay. For his career, Glennon has 4,100 passing yards, 30 TD passes, 15 INT’s, and a 59.4% completion rate. The completion percentage could obviously be better, but nobody’s complaining about the 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio.

This is the former NC State product’s first chance to be a full-time starter in the NFL. How will Glennon fare?

At worst, expect Glennon to be on par with what Cutler did in his limited stints. At best, Glennon keeps his 2:1 TD/INT ratio intact and helps Chicago get near .500. Either way, the result is probably a one-year rental at starting QB market value.

When will Trubisky be Uncorked?

mitch-trubisky-2018-chicagoTrubisky has made headlines for driving his grandmother’s 1997 Toyota to practice. But the Bears are expecting him to eventually be their Rolls Royce at the QB position. For now, though, the 22-year-old knows that his place is a student first.

“Mike is the starting quarterback and I’m very excited to learn from him and the rest of the veterans on the team,” he said. “And I can’t wait to help the Bears win.”

Considering that Glennon has three years of experience on the rookie, he’ll be a good guy to learn from. But Glennon can’t provide first-hand experience to Trubisky. Instead, this is something that only comes with first team reps and experience in game situations.

Odds are that the UNC man finds his way onto the field at some point – if only in limited capacity. Of course, this will all be up to head coach John Fox, and, in a lesser sense, general manager Ryan Pace.

“That’s going to be something that this organization is embracing,” said Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. “Obviously the two bosses (Pace and Fox) communicate very well with each other, and obviously I’m a part of that.

“Everyone that touches the schedule is a part of that. So we’ve got to be really good at assessing where each guy’s at, and I think that’s the biggest key for us: knowing exactly where each guy is at and figuring out and being flexible with reps.”

Questions Regarding Chicago’s Other Positions

Quarterback isn’t the only position that the Bears need to worry about. Here are some other questions as we head towards the 2017 preseason:

  • Can receiver Kevin White be the man with Pro-Bowler Alshon Jeffrey leaving?
  • Will free-agent receiver additions Kendall Wright and Dion Sims help out?
  • Will the defense generate more than its NFL-low 11 turnovers last season?

2017 Chicago Bears Offseason Notes

2016 record: 3-13, 4th in NFC North

Key Additions: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mitchell Trubisky (draft), CB Prince Amukamara, S Quintin Demps, TE Dion Sims (FA), WR Markus Wheaton, WR Kendall Wright

Significant Losses: DB Tracy Porter, WR Eddie Royal, WR Alshon Jeffery, QB Jay Cutler, QB Brian Hoyer, DL Cornelius Washington

GTBets Chicago Bears Week 1 Line: Chicago +6.5 (-110), Atlanta -6.5 (-110)

Saints Futures: Adrian Peterson Looks Like Old Self in OTAs

adrian-peterson-saints-2018NFL organized team activities (OTAs) have officially begun. And one of the hottest stories has been how Adrian Peterson is faring in New Orleans.

After spending 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson will play for a new team for the first time in his NFL career. And if the OTAs are any indication, his transition to the Saints will go smoothly.

Speaking with ESPN’s Mike Triplett, Saints fullback John Kuhn doesn’t see any drop-off in Peterson’s athletic ability – even after AP suffered a torn meniscus last season.

“Strange? It’s not strange. I’ve been dreaming about a day like this for a long time,” said the former Green Bay fullback, who was an NFC rival to Peterson’s Minnesota teams.

Kuhn added, “He looks the same way he looked when I was watching him from the other sideline for all those years. He looks like the same old AP, and I’m just excited to see him in the same team colors.”

Triplett was on hand for New Orleans’ OTAs and agreed with Kuhn’s opinion, noting that Peterson “looked plenty fast and fluid on the practice field Thursday during the first Saints OTA practice session that was open to the media.”

Here are a few more notes from Triplett:

  • Peterson was running at full speed during the OTAs. And Saints coach Sean Payton noted that he’s been with the team throughout the offseason workout program – a change from his Vikings days, where he did spring training on his own in Houston.
  • AP took most of the first-team snaps because Mark Ingram was sidelined with an unspecified injury.
  • New Orleans used a nickel offense, where Peterson caught several passes from QB Drew Brees.

Payton is Happy with Peterson’s Performance

Most expect Peterson to play a big role in New Orleans’ offense. But it’s reassuring that coach Payton also likes what he sees so far.

“He made a few catches today that looked pretty good,” said Payton. “I think he’s comfortable catching the ball in space. He was on top of the protections, much the same way you’d expect Mark or any of those backs to have a variety of things that they can do.”

Payton added, “Listen, he’s picked things up well. He’s been here through the whole offseason program. So it’s good to be able to get out and do some football movements and get that timing down. But he’s done well.”

Peterson Looking to Disprove “After 30” Running Back Stereotype

AP wasn’t available to the media after practicing with New Orleans. But he did a conference call in April and discussed how he doesn’t want everybody focusing on his age (32).

“It’s kind of crazy to hear people even comment on how many years I have left and compare me to other running backs, when I’m just my own individual,” said Peterson.

“This is one thing that I really dislike about the NFL is how people kind of put guys in a box — especially running backs after that [age] 30 mark. So in my mind, I feel like I have a lot of years left.”

Payton agrees, noting that Peterson is unique since he gained 2,097 yards and won the 2012 NFL MVP one season after tearing his ACL.

“I think he would be the one guy that you would say already has really gone against conventional wisdom. So I would agree with him,” said the longtime Saints coach. “I think that not only his skill set, but his physical ability and the way he trains and his athleticism, I think he’s excited to get back and return healthy.”

Ingram and Peterson Sharing Carries Won’t be a Problem

peterson-saintsIt’ll be interesting to see how carries are split between Peterson and Ingram. But Payton doesn’t think there’ll be any issue with finding enough reps for both players.

After all, he expertly managed the situation between Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush in 2006.

Kuhn thinks that the timeshare will be fine too. In fact, he’s pumped to block for both players, as well as rookie Alvin Kamara.

“We’re just excited because we felt we made great strides last year as a run offense,” Kuhn explained. “There’s a lot of weapons in there right now. And you talk about the young guy, Alvin, some of the stuff that you see him able to do right now. And let’s not forget that workhorse 22 [Ingram] — he’s a beast. So there’s gonna be a three, four, or five-headed monster this year.”

Kuhn added, “What I love about it is you stack a whole bunch of weapons in an offense with Coach Payton, he’s kind of like a mad scientist in there. He’s so great at being able to get people into positions for the things that they do best. And with all those weapons we have, with Drew, with Coach Payton, some great minds creating some fun matchups, it’s gonna be fun to watch.”

2018 New Orleans Saints Futures

Thanks to the addition of Peterson, New Orleans has a strong offense that also includes Brees and Ingram. However, the Saints aren’t getting much love at online sportsbooks.

Our GTBets.eu futures have them at +6000 for winning the 2018 Super Bowl, and +3000 for winning the NFC. Contrast this to Dallas and Green Bay, who both have +500 odds of winning the conference.

Nevertheless, it should be an interesting season for New Orleans with Peterson onboard.

2017 NFL Futures: New England Trades for Brandin Cooks

brandin-cooks-new-englandThe New England Patriots aren’t resting on their laurels after winning Super Bowl LI. Head coach and GM Bill Belichick traded the team’s first round pick (32nd overall) for New Orleans Saints receiver Brandin Cooks. Additionally, the Patriots will swap their third round pick (103rd) for the Saints’ fourth rounder (118th).

Reports suggest that the teams were discussing a swap for Cooks and New England cornerback Malcolm Butler. But the Patriots were able to negotiate a deal where they traded picks for Cooks, who was the 20th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Impact of Cooks on New England Patriots’ Betting Futures

A 3-year veteran, Cooks had another strong year in 2016, catching 78 passes for 1,173 yards and 8 touchdowns. Stepping onto a loaded Patriots receiving corp, the 23-year-old figures to be in the running for the team’s top wideout.

Julian Edelman led New England last year with 98 catches for 1,106 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Chris Hogan also had a solid year, hauling in 38 receptions for 680 yards and 4 touchdowns.

brandin-cooks-patriots-1Other notable Patriots pass-catchers include tight ends Martellus Bennett (701 yards, 7 TDs) and Rob Gronkowski (540 yards, 3TDs), running back James White (551 yards, 5 TDs), and receiver Danny Amendola (243 yards, 4 TDs).

Bennett signed a 3-year, $21-million contract with the Green Bay Packers, meaning New England needs to replace some of this production.

While the team signed former Colts tight end Dwayne Allen to help ease the burden, they can definitely use what Cooks brings to the table too. With Edelman, Cooks, Gronkowski, and Allen, they should once again have a very tough receiving corp. Furthermore, their GTBets futures odds of +500 may even be undervalued with the latest addition.

Why Cooks was a Steal

Let’s start off by saying that the Saints didn’t get screwed over in this deal – in fact, it was a great one for them. Cooks has been talking about wanting out of New Orleans, and he was entering the final season of his rookie deal. Rather than letting him walk and getting nothing in return, the Saints get a first rounder and slightly more value by swapping their fourth rounder for New England’s third pick.

That said, this is also a steal for the Patriots because they get a top-tier receiver for a late first round pick. Belichick has long respected Cooks’ game, knowing that he has the ability to play both inside, and stretch defenses on the outside with his 4.3 speed.

The deep speed is especially important here because Cooks will open things up for Gronkowski and Allen running over the middle.

As for the first-round pick that New England gave up, this is a small price for a team that normally doesn’t assign top value to picks beyond the 15-20 range. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Patriots often assign second-round grades to players in the late first round. This means that New England probably views the 32 pick as having similar value to a player drafted with the 45th selection.

Now take Cooks, a proven player who would be a top-10 pick if he were to go in the draft today. Assuming he can master the Patriots’ system fast enough, then it’s possible that Cooks becomes the team’s best receiver.

Cooks Is Really Excited to be in New England

According to NESN, Cooks doesn’t think that he could’ve landed in a better destination.

“Obviously, to play for an organization like this, it’s a dream come true and it’s blessing,” Cooks said. “So I couldn’t be more thankful. I’m just thankful for the opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.”

brandin-cooks-patriotsOne thing that helped Cooks understand the benefit of playing for New England is that his old team held joint training camp practices each of the past two summers.

“It’s a first-class place — a place you’d love to be a part of,” said Cooks, who faced off against Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler during the practices. “When we practiced against them, it was always competitive. These are the type of teams you want to go against to better yourself. So to be on a team like this now, it’s amazing.”

With the offseason still relatively young, it’ll be interesting to see who else New England adds before summer practices. But just based on the trade they made for Cooks alone, the team’s offense has already received a significant upgrade who can get in well with the team.

NFL Futures: Adrian Peterson Eyes Cowboys, Bucs, Raiders

adrian-peterson-nfl-free-agentAfter 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson will be headed to free agency. The Vikings passed on Peterson’s contract option, meaning we’ll likely see him in another NFL uniform for the first time ever.

According to NFL columnist Charles Robinson, Peterson has been causally researching teams for over two weeks. And three teams that interest him right now include the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Vikings are also in the running, although this seems unlikely given that Peterson wants both a starting job, and incentivized contract that allows him to prove his worth while putting up big numbers.

One more team that Peterson likes is the Dallas Cowboys, a destination that seems even more unlikely than the others considering his wishlist.

Dallas isn’t completely out, though, because Peterson loves team owner Jerry Jones and has previously stated a desire to finish his career in Dallas — the team he idolized growing up.

The biggest hurdle to signing with the Cowboys is that they already have Rookie of the Year Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards last season.

Robinson reports that the Cowboys would be “extremely unlikely” to put Elliott into a position where his offensive role is reduced. Furthermore, Peterson’s demands for a starting job would never be met, and his high salary “wouldn’t be on the radar” for Dallas.

2017 NFL Futures on Peterson’s List of Teams

Here are the GTBets’ NFL futures on the teams that Peterson is currently considering:

Odds to win Super Bowl LII (2018)
Dallas +1000
Oakland +1600
New York Giants +2500
Minnesota +3000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3000

Any of these teams would see their odds improve if Peterson signs with them. Of course, at this point, we have no idea which team he’ll actually choose because the free agent market doesn’t officially begin until March 9.

This gives him plenty of time to continue evaluating different teams and plotting his next move. A source said that Peterson is willing to be patient and wait until late March if need be to make a choice.

Focus Is on Super Bowl Contenders

It’s little surprise that Peterson will be focusing on Super Bowl contenders during his team search. Dallas, Oakland, and the Giants would satisfy this part of the requirement.

As for playing time, Peterson wants as much of a chance as possible to show that he’s still an elite athlete at age 32. He tore his meniscus last year, limiting him to just three games, 37 carries, and 72 yards on the season.

He also suffered a knee injury in 2014 that limited him to one game, meaning Peterson has played just 20 contests in the past three years. In Peterson’s mind, these setbacks have actually reduced the wear and tear on his body.

adrian-peterson-2015Peterson is set on exceeding the 1,302 total yards (rushing and receiving) and 8 touchdowns that 33-year-old Frank Gore managed with the Indianapolis Colts last season.

Despite the injuries, most would still consider Peterson the more-talented player of the two, which would help him get more than the three-year, $12-million deal that Gore signed with Indianapolis in 2015. Peterson could possibly get between $5 million and $6 million per season, with incentives that would increase this amount based on his performance.

Looking Back at Peterson’s Recent Seasons

The last healthy year that Peterson played was in 2015, when he carried the ball 327 times for 1,485 yards (4.5 avg), and scored 11 rushing touchdowns.

In 2013, he had 279 carries for 1,266 yards (4.5 avg) and 10 touchdowns. The prior season was a career year for Peterson, as he rushed 348 times for 2,097 yards (6.0 avg) and 12 TDs.

Nobody is expecting anywhere close to his 2012 numbers, but the hope is that he can put up what he did in 2015. In this case, any team that signs him would be getting an elite running back who’s near the league lead in rushing yards.

Given the potential – even at age 32 – don’t be surprised if Peterson has numerous suitors lining up as we head into the 2017 NFL free agency period.