Peterson’s Hall of Fame career was established in purple and gold, but it won’t end that way after the Vikings avoided the temptation to retain their aging tailback at an untenable price. Instead, he signed with the Saints on a two-year, $7 million deal. In his place will be former Raider Latavius Murray and Florida State’s all-time rushing leader Dalvin Cook. They’ll try to revive a rushing attack that ranked dead last in the NFL last fall.
The Patriots gave Tom Brady his most explosive receiving threat since Randy Moss by trading the No. 32 pick in this year’s draft to New Orleans in exchange for Cooks. The move was the antithesis of an old Bill Belichick standard — trading a player with a limited amount of team control (in Cooks’ case, two years) for draft assets — but should pay dividends as Brady ostensibly enters the twilight of his career.
Taylor isn’t a world beater, but he provides the Bills with their most stable passing presence since Drew Bledsoe, protects the ball, and adds a dynamic running threat from the pocket. That may not be worth the $30.75 million the team would have owed him in guaranteed money on his old deal, but it’s in line with the nearly $10 million he’ll make in 2017.
The Panthers made plans for life after 30-year-old Jonathan Stewart by drafting Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick. McCaffrey fits in Carolina’s scheme but also has the versatility as a receiver and returner to contribute right away.
The 2016 team started five linemen with Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys a grand total of zero Cheap China Jerseys Pro Bowl nods among them, but Rivers was sacked on 5.8 percent of his dropbacks and 36 times total. This offseason brought in a handful of moves designed to decrease that number even more. D.J. Fluker was allowed to walk as a free agent after a disappointing tenure with the team. Russell Okung, a talented but inconsistent veteran, will likely take over left tackle duties from King Dunlap.