NEW ORLEANS (AP) " 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 two-year 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 season-ending knee surgery after only three games.
"It's rare and unique to have the opportunity to add a (potential) Hall of Fame player to your roster. His career has been top-notch," Payton said in a statement provided by the club. "We think he will be an excellent fit in our locker room and in our offense."
The agreement was first reported early Tuesday when Peterson provided a statement to ESPN.
"It goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skillset can make them even more dominant (offensively)," Peterson said in a statement. "They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well."
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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AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, contributed to this report.