NFL star Peterson set for Saints switch

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NFL star Peterson set for Saints switch

Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson could launch the next phase of his NFL career against his old team after signing for the New Orleans Saints, reports said on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old running back has ended weeks of speculation about his future after agreeing terms with the Saints on a two-year deal worth $7 million (6.4 million euros).will

That means Peterson could face the Vikings in his first game during the opening round of the 2017 NFL season, with the Saints visiting Minnesota on September 11.

“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints,” Peterson told ESPN. 

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit.”

Peterson was released by the Vikings in February after 10 seasons in Minnesota.

He had been linked with various teams including the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and New York Giants, before eventually landing at the Saints.

Peterson missed most of the 2016 season after suffering a serious knee injury.

In 10 seasons with the Vikings, Peterson rushed for franchise records of 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns in 123 games. 

In 2012, Peterson came within eight yards of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards set in 1984.

Adrian Peterson, pictured in 2016, tells ESPN he’s “excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints”
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