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Adrian Peterson to Giants? Bookmakers say odds aren’t good

How likely is AP to the Giants in 2017?

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Back in January, Adrian Peterson went on the record to name three teams he’d want to play for next season if the Minnesota Vikings decide to release him. Those three teams were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, and of course, the New York Giants. Could Peterson actually leave Minnesota?

It’s the least likely scenario, according to, but there’s also a strong chance Peterson takes his talents to Lambeau. In fact, oddsmakers say there are three other teams he’d sign on with before Big Blue:

Minnesota Vikings (+250); Green Bay Packers (+260); New England Patriots (+1000); Oakland Raiders (+1000); New York Giants (+1500); Dallas Cowboys (+2500)

Peterson, 31, has missed 28 games over the last three seasons and is coming off another significant knee injury. Also working against him is the NFL-wide shift away from workhorse-type backs, to smaller, situational runners who complement the passing game.

AP rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, the second-highest total in NFL history. He’s gained 2,898 yards combined in the four years since.

None of that rules Peterson to New York out necessarily, but you shouldn’t hold your breath. The Giants do have a need, having recently cut ties with Rashad Jennings, but gambling on an aging star isn’t a Giants’ move — that’s more up the New York Knicks’ alley, and it rarely pans out.