Annnnnd that's why you do your due diligence. I don't know is Adrian Peterson is going to end up in New Orleans. I don't know if the money he's demanding will match up to the much smaller amount that he's worth to the Saints backfield. I don't even know if he'll truly be happy backing up Mark Ingram. Still, if all of that does get figured out and he winds up wearing the black & gold then the Saints will have added a player who isn't your average 32 year old rusher.
Is it really surprising to anyone that Adrian Peterson looked explosive in his workout? We are talking about a guy that tore his ACL and MCL in December of 2011, and started a 2,000+ yard MVP campaign in September of 2012. Granted he was much younger then, but if there is a physical freak that can defy the expedited aging process of running backs then it's AD. His injury history is concerning, but last year's 1.9 YPC in a ridiculously small sample size is not. The days of 200 yard games and 80 yard touchdowns are in his past, but - considering his superhuman athleticism - the potential for a boom is worth the off-chance that he completely busts.
Let's face it, he would be replacing a 30 year old who spent multiple seasons out of professional football before experiencing a resurgence behind Drew Brees. All due respect to Tim Hightower, but I don't think it's crazy to say that Adrian Peterson would be an upgrade at the position - even if that assumption is being based on one unseen workout. His signing wouldn't be a game changer, but he probably does still have one or two in those legs of his.