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Cordarrelle Patterson recruiting Adrian Peterson to join Raiders

MINNEAPOLIS -- After signing a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders earlier this week, Cordarrelle Patterson is trying to recruit Adrian Peterson to join him on the West Coast.

Patterson tweeted at Peterson on Thursday night, telling the former Minnesota Vikings running back to "come join the dark side" with him in Oakland. The Raiders have been thought to be a logical landing spot for Peterson, given the strength of their offensive line and the fact they still operate with their quarterback under center more than many teams do. The Raiders were looking at trading for the retired Marshawn Lynch, sources told ESPN on Friday, but Peterson, who turns 32 on Tuesday, could be a good option for them as they look to replace Latavius Murray.

There could be a natural benefit for Patterson, too; his best year in the NFL came as a rookie in 2013, when the Vikings could get him the ball on handoffs and screens while taking advantage of defenses being often preoccupied with Peterson. In the one game Peterson played in 2014, Patterson carried the ball three times for 102 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown, against the Rams. Peterson might not command as much of a defense's focus in 2017 as he did several years ago, but Patterson certainly has been one of the players who's thrived off his presence.