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Adrian Peterson Reportedly Wants to Play for Raiders, Seahawks

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs off the field after warmups prior to an NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
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Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson has reportedly identified a pair of Super Bowl contenders as teams he'd like to play for now that the NFL's legal tampering period has begun.

NFL Network's Stacey Dales reported Tuesday the 31-year-old's "desirable landing spots" include the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. Dales added Peterson's camp "will know more later tonight."

Ben Goessling of ESPN reported Peterson is in "no rush to sign" and the Minnesota Vikings "might not make an offer until next week."

On Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported the Seahawks "have no immediate interest" in Peterson.

Peterson has been linked to the Raiders over the past week, with ESPN's Josina Anderson reporting Wednesday the Silver and Black had caught the attention of the seven-time Pro Bowler.

The 31-year-old was also connected to the New England Patriots, but NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday "there is nothing going on" between the two sides (h/t NFL.com's Chris Wesseling).

Peterson's father said his son is interested in New England, but he doesn't know if the Patriots are interested, per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson was limited to three appearances last season because of a torn meniscus, but he would fill an obvious need for the Raiders if impending free agent Latavius Murray departs.

Though Oakland has promising youngsters like DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard in the fold, it could use a bruising early-down workhorse to eat up chunks of yards behind an offensive line that ranked fourth in the league last season, according to Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson.

The Seahawks don't seem as logical of a landing spot.

Not only would Peterson have to run behind a line that ranked last in the NFL in 2016, per Monson, but he would be forced to take on a smaller role with Thomas Rawls and the rising C.J. Prosise atop Pete Carroll's depth chart.

While Peterson's days of operating as a three-down machine capable of eclipsing 300 carries are likely over, he has proved in the past he can bounce back from injury and exceed even lofty expectations.

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