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Could the Bucs still be a destination for runner Adrian Peterson?

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Are the Tampa Bay Bucs done with reeling in big names to help their offense?

Maybe not.

Speculation has returned to the Bucs after quarterback Jameis Winston worked out in Houston recently with former Minnesota Vikings’ great Adrian Peterson. The Bucs were linked with Peterson early in free agency, but due to his age (32), his injured knee and probably his price tag, things never materialized. Peterson remains a free agent.

I’ve seen Adrian Peterson many times — one of the best running backs to ever play,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told ESPN. “I’m anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him about how his workouts went.”

The Bucs need a running back because of the suspension of starter Doug Martin for the season’s first three games this season. There is a possibililty that Tampa Bay could draft a back.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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