In Non-News News, Both The Saints And Adrian Peterson Would Be Open To A Reunion In Light Of Mark Ingram's Suspension
There's undoubtedly an impassioned subsect of Saints' fans that automatically correlate last season's rough start with what turned out to be the highly unnecessary presence of Adrian Peterson. In reality, it was a confluence of other factors - such as youth, inexperience, poor execution, and a lack of defined roles - that cost New Orleans their first two games against two very tough opponents. Unfortunately, nuance has not much of place amongst overreactive football fans, so I'm sure that hearing both parties would consider a reunion after Alvin Kamara, in the most heartwarming way possible, sabotaged their first attempt at a relationship has forced the bunching of quite a few panties.
That said, it's not all that hard to see why there might be mutual interest between the Saints and a veteran running back that knows a system that he'd likely improve in if offered an increased role by the vacancy that Mark Ingram is going to leave in the lineup. I can't see them bringing aboard a 33 year old to temporarily help replace a back-to-back 1,000+ yard rusher for just 4 games unless every back that's not coming off a 'Rookie Of The Year' campaign shows a complete lack of professional promise in training camp. Still, worst comes to worst, the abruptness of how things ended isn't going to stop the Saints from fortifying their roster at the least durable of positions in a pinch, just like it won't stop a future first ballot HOFer from exploring one of the the few opportunities presented to him.
That unforgettable glare couldn't have looked more mean, but Sean Payton and Adrian Peterson have had nothing but nice things to say about one another since their midseason split. If absolutely nothing else, they definitely share respect. Honestly, that's all it really takes to respond to "would you be interested in possibly giving it another go?" with something only slightly more open-minded than "HELL NO!".