Houston Texans Jerseys If Vikings running back Adrian Peterson becomes a free agent next month, DeAndre Hopkins will try to recruit him to Houston.
Peterson told ESPN last month he hopes to remain with Minnesota but acknowledged he had been wondering about other NFL teams that might need a running back, especially those with a shot at making Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants were teams he mentioned.
“Who wouldn’t want Adrian Peterson?” Hopkins, a star Houston receiver, told the Pioneer Press on Wednesday.
Speaking at an event preceding Sunday’s Super Bowl at NRG Stadium, Hopkins said Peterson, who lives in the Houston area, would fit in well on the Texans.
“We’ve got (running back) Cheap nfl Jerseys Lamar Miller here, but I don’t think Lamar Miller would be opposed to having Adrian Peterson helping out in the backfield,” he said.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) walks off the field after the first half of an AFC Wild Card NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins walks off the field after the first half of the Texans’ AFC playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders Jan. 7 in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Hopkins has gotten to know Peterson since he joined the NFL in 2013. He said he would attempt to lure Peterson to Houston if he becomes a free agent.
“He’s a great player. Why not?” he said.
Peterson is under contract in 2017 for $18 million, but there’s virtually no chance he will play for that amount, in Minnesota or elsewhere. If Peterson doesn’t agree to a restructured deal with the Vikings, he will become a free agent next month for the first time since entering the NFL in 2007.
Peterson, who turns 32 next month, suffered a torn right meniscus in the second game of 2016 and finished the season with only 72 yards in three games. Hopkins, though, believes the seven-time Pro Bowl selection and 2012 NFL MVP still can be a top running back.
“Without a doubt and the way he comes back from injuries,” said Hopkins, who has 317 catches in four NFL seasons and made the Pro Bowl a year ago. “Just knowing him and what he wants to do in this league, I don’t think this injury is going to stop him.”
Peterson did not return a Cheap jersey wholesale message seeking comment, and a Vikings official said it’s uncertain whether the running back would make any appearances in Houston during Super Bowl week.
Hopkins said Peterson never has said anything to him about wanting to play for the Texans, but that they do have a good relationship.
“We’ve definitely talked, not only about football, but just about him being a big brother to me in this league,” Hopkins said. “We’re good friends.”