I'm beginning to think that my moral compass is broken. Maybe it's become magnetized by the memory of Adrian Peterson busting off weekly 60 yard runs as the best back in the league, but I've been consistently down on the Saints adding players with past character issues and this visit has my interest pointing North. I suppose it's an odd exception to make for a 32 year old running back with injury concerns, but if the money and role is right then it's one that could potentially give the Saints some of the game-breaking ability they lost by trading Brandin Cooks.
Now, I readily admit that it's extremely likely that the money and role won't be right between a team that's looking for a quality backup and someone that still thinks they have the ability to be a high-end starter. I think if Adrian Peterson was willing to accept what the Saints can afford as well as the 10-15 touches per game that they would offer him then he wouldn't still be available right now. However, if his time spent watching his value increasingly sour on the open market has humbled him then it could be a case of New Orleans scooping up the hot girl when her self esteem is at it's lowest.
The Saints don't need Adrian Peterson, but they do need some help at running back. I don't know what the former thoroughbred still has up his sleeve, but it's a safe bet that it's at least as much as Tim Hightower had when he went from three years out of football to spelling Mark Ingram in key situations. With the offensive line looking to be as stout as it has in years, the addition of another guy that can take some of the astronomical burden of Drew Brees would be quite the luxury.
Of course, if it's going to be a source of tension in the locker room then it's not with the risk. Lord knows it would take a hell of a lot of sacrifice (financially and professionally) on the part of the free agent for his transition to go smoothly. However, do you really take a two day meeting with Sean Payton without understanding the versatility of an offense that has never - and will never - cater to a workhorse back? I guess that remains to be seen and I hope it's seen clearly by both parties, because the only thing worse than letting 'AD' leave without a contract would be giving him one that hampers the team's ability to improve defensively by adding a player like - for a completely random example - Malcolm Butler.