Atlanta Falcons: If Possible, Sign Adrian Peterson?

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Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) breaks a tackle from Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) during overtime at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Well first of all, Adrian Peterson would be extremely expensive.

Keep in mind that his absence from the NFL had nothing to do with injuries or lack of skill. Peterson, just the year before, rushed for 1,266 yards with 10 TD’s playing in only 14 games. And the season before that was his legendary season with 2,097 yards and 12 TD’s with a 6.0 YPC. So there is no logical reason for teams to try to bargain with Peterson on money. Both sides know that he can play some damn well football.

To lock down A.P. would probably be around 9-11 million dollars a year. A sample contract could look like: 4 years, $43 million. This is digging up quite the amount of money, and although the Atlanta Falcons are in pretty good shape in cap space with an estimated 30 million to spend, the defense is in need of some serious work.

But one could understand why Quinn would pull the trigger. He recently stated in a press conference that he wants to bring a prolific rushing attack to this offense. He wants to bring “balance.”

"“The number one thing for me is balance. A team that’s able to have run and pass, that’s the hardest to go against. I have always admired teams that have tough, physical styles, something like the zone run game and then also have ways to attack vertically in the passing game. For me, the number one criteria is going to be balance and having different ways to attack,” Quinn  said in his introductory press conference."

Next: Reasons the Atlanta Falcons SHOULD Sign A.P.