Saints, Peter­son agree on two-year con­tract

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NEW ORLEANS | Adrian Peter­son, the NFL’s most pro­duc­tive run­ning back for much of the past decade, has de­cided to head into the twi­light of his ca­reer as a po­ten­tial backup in New Orleans’ pass-happy of­fense.

The Saints on Tues­day came to terms on a twoyear con­tract with Peter­son, a 10-year vet­eran who has posted seven 1,000-yard sea­sons with Min­nesota and once eclipsed 2,000 yards.

Saints coach Sean Pay­ton said he en­vi­sions a pro­duc­tive role for Peter­son, who is com­ing back from a 2016 menis­cal tear that re­quired sea­so­nend­ing knee surgery af­ter only three games.

The agree­ment was first re­ported early Tues­day when Peter­son pro­vided a state­ment to ESPN.

Peter­son, 32, has spent his en­tire NFL ca­reer with the Vikings, which hap­pens to be the team against which the Saints open the 2017 reg­u­lar sea­son — in Min­nesota.

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