Payton, however, left the door open when asked if he would consider Adrian Peterson, who recently told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that he would definitely be open to returning to the Saints.
Absolutely, Payton said emphatically. This gets back to the notion that we had some type of any (sideline) argument at Minnesota (in Week 1 of the 2017 regular season), which I still say there was none. I think a ton of him.
Peterson, who turned 33 in March, first joined New Orleans after signing a two-year, $7 million deal on April 25, 2017, just days ahead of the Saints ‘ selection of running back Alvin Kamara in the draft.
While Peterson arrived on the heels of a decorated career with the Vikings, it became clear during training camp that the Saints had something special in Kamara, who went on to win the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award.
It has just been reinforced when I also think about Witten not being on the field. It can’t help but remind me of what you miss when you lose a Tony Romo. On the other hand, just as the very nature of what happened now [last year with Romo’s retirement], that gives the opening for somebody else to step up not only as a player but also from the standpoint of leadership.
I think we’ve really got the opportunity to see that here certainly with Dak [Prescott] and the general leadership we have on that side of the ball. The Cowboys’ future begins with Dak Prescott, the 2016 fourth-rounder who was thrust into the starting role as a rookie after Romo suffered a preseason injury. Prescott helped the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, but the team regressed in ’17 and finished 9-7. Prescott has two years remaining on his rookie deal that counts just $725,848 against the salary cap and the front office is well aware that he’s in line for a huge pay bump, probably next offseason.