Another day closer to NFL free agency and yet another article about Adrian Peterson appears on the front page of ESPN.com. However, this one is a little intriguing. The article is mostly about how the Vikings want to retain AP's services (a prospect which seems laughable at this point), but then there's this little tidbit from ESPN reporter Josina Anderson:
On Wednesday, sources told Anderson that the Oakland Raiders have caught Peterson's attention. One significant reason for Peterson's interest is the team's offensive line. Last season, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had the league's lowest sack rate -- although the line did allow the sack in Week 16 that resulted in a season-ending broken right fibula for Carr -- and the team's running backs were sixth in the league in yards after contact.
Well hah bah dat.
The other teams Peterson listed as potential destinations- the Giants, Texans and Buccaneers- have offensive lines which can best be described as butt, keister and ass respectively. But the team of hosses that Oakland has assembled were bound to catch the eye of high-profile free agents eventually, and Peterson even at his age is about as high-profile as they come.
Of course it remains to be seen whether Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie will even be interested in a running back coming off injury whose numbers have been in gradual decline, but it's important to note that the Vikings' offensive line has been in disarray for the last several seasons, to the point where even having one of the best defensive units in the NFL last year couldn't get Minnesota to the playoffs. Would AP be able to return to his old self behind the likes of Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn?