Peterson was released by the Vikings last month, ending his illustrious 10-year run with the organization. The 32-year-old running back missed the final 13 games of last season after tearing his meniscus in his right knee last September against the Packers.
The three-time rushing champ could be an intriguing option if LeGarrette Blount, who had a league-leading 18 rushing touchdowns last season, opts to leave in free agency. Blount has expressed a desire to remain with the defending champs.
The Patriots have made a number of splashy moves this offseason, including signing cornerback Stephon Gilmore and trading for wideout Brandin Cooks. But landing Peterson would definitely be the biggest head-turner of them all.
Peterson had a bounce-back year in 2015 a season after being suspended the final 15 games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Peterson led the NFL in rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns, averaging a league-best 92.8 yards on the ground per game.
The seven-time Pro Bowl running back has rushed for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns.