Saints won't rule out reunion with Peterson, Payton says

Sean Payton will not rule out a reunion between the New Orleans Saints and running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson signed a two-year, $7million contract with New Orleans before last season. But his time with the Saints was short-lived, as rookie running back Alvin Kamara cut into his playing time.

He appeared in four games for New Orleans, registering 81 yards on 27 carries before he was traded to the Cardinals on October 10.

Peterson was released by Arizona in the offseason and has since been searching for a new contract. Payton said Tuesday that the Saints are currently not looking to add a veteran back to their roster, but at some point they could be open to re-signing Peterson.

"Absolutely," Payton said about potentially adding Peterson (via

"That would be a part where, if all of a sudden we decided, 'Hey, we're going to look at additional players that are on the street'.

"He's a tough player, warrior, and a great worker, and we have a good relationship."

The Saints were 11-5 last season and return both Kamara, who scored 14 total touchdowns, and Mark Ingram, who rushed for 1,124 yards, to their backfield.

Ingram, however, is facing a four-game suspension to start the 2018 season after he violated the NFL's PED policy.

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