Make no mistake, Adrian Peterson is a future Hall of Famer. He has made a career dominating defenses to the tune of 11,747 career rushing yards and 97 touchdowns. The lions have given up 1,490 of those yards and 11 touchdowns. All of this through 14 games spanning 8 seasons (minus any season Peterson was hurt). YIKES!!!
Although I am happy at the thought that Peterson may vacate our division and hence, “Stop the Bleeding”, he has inflicted on the Lions over the years, I’m not entirely convinced this will happen. That relish and mustard team in our division may take a flier on AP. With the loss of Eddie Lacy and the sheer dominance of Aaron Rodgers why not?
That brings to question with the newly upgraded Lions offensive line and cannon armed Matthew Stafford, why would AP NOT be a good fit in Detroit? Outside of cost (and a winning tradition as other fans love to remind us) the Lions would be a perfect fit. A deal would be a win-win for both sides. AP wouldn’t have to be the only option on offense, we can have a running backfield by committee with Theo Reddick and Ameer Abdullah, and we can do it all for a one season trial period.
This formula has proven to be valuable in the past with Stafford and our passing attack. Look no further than the 2013 season when Reggie Bush blessed the organization with more than a 1000 yards rushing and over 500 receiving yards out of the backfield. Plus our front office believes he can still be effective. Lions GM Bob Quinn stated, “I think AP definitely has plenty left in the tank.”
Waiting until the draft may be a great tactic to get the asking price down, but AP is a once in a lifetime game changer. Even though Peterson is 32, he demands game planning from defensive coordinators around the league. Outside of Stafford, we don’t have anyone like him on our roster (still mourning the retirement of MEGATRON).
The roar found restoration in the final minutes of most games last season. That is until the last four games when we were silenced completely. And though we made the playoffs, I for once want the Lions to continue to build on the success. Grabbing proven locker room leaders and extraordinary players that can help put an end to the ‘Same Ole Lions’ talk. AP would be a great addition to an already stellar offseason.