Adrian Peterson is scheduled to wrap up his free-agent visit with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. It’s unclear if that could materialize into an immediate contract offer or if the Saints just want to update their scouting report on a guy who hasn’t been available for a decade.
As I wrote when the visit was announced last week, running back has turned into a sneaky need for the Saints this offseason after they decided to let Tim Hightower get away to the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.
I would rank it No. 2 among their offensive needs heading into the draft -- behind only right tackle, where the Saints need to find an eventual successor for Zach Strief. Coach Sean Payton listed both positions among the team’s draft needs when he spoke at last month's NFL meetings.
Quarterback is more of a “want,” according to the Saints’ terminology. But since it’s such a vital position, that “want” could easily turn into a first- or second-round draft pick.
Here is a look at the Saints’ offensive depth chart as it stands after the first month of free agency.
FB: John Kuhn
LT: Terron Armstead
C: Max Unger, Jack Allen
RT: Zach Strief
K: Wil Lutz