Adrian Peterson probably won’t ever be a member of the New York Giants. The fact that the future Hall of Famer recently listed the Giants as a team he would consider if he is released by the Minnesota Vikings, though, did not escape the attention of current Giants’ veteran running back Rashad Jennings.
"Of course, who wouldn't want to play for the New York Giants,” Jennings told Sports Illustrated. “I think if you put a microphone in front of anybody they'd want to play for the Giants. One, it's New York, it's the Giants, you have Eli and you have an awesome defense. You're surrounded by a great coaching staff. We're a good team."
The presence of Peterson, or any other experienced back the Giants might sign this offseason, would likely be the death knell for Jennings’ time in New York. That might, in fact, come anyway. Jennings will be 32 next season, and is due to make $3.062 million next season in the final year of his four-year contract. The Giants could save roughly $2.5 million against the salary cap by releasing him.
Jennings led the Giants with 593 rushing yards in 2016, but averaged only 3.3 yards per carry. He missed three games with a broken thumb. With Paul Perkins looking ready for a bigger workload, Jennings could be a cap casualty.
"I have so much to prove. I didn't have the season I wanted. I didn't have the season that I trained for, I didn't have the season that I'm capable of. Lot of different things happened,” Jennings said.
"I'm personally excited and eager to get back to the season and prove myself. Your job is to prove one GM right. One. Every year. That's what I'm gonna do next season."