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Should Tampa Bay Bucs be interested in Adrian Peterson?

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When it comes to the next destination for free agent Adrian Peterson, the Tampa Bay Bucs look like a possible place to run toward.

But should they be?

Peterson, who has rushed for almost 12,000 yards in his career running for the Minnesota Vikings, certainly has the name for the job. He has seven 1,000 yard seasons. He has scored 97 touchdowns. He is, arguably, the best running back of his generation.

Still, there are warning signs to Peterson. He’ll turn 32 in March, and he’s coming off an injury that limited him to 75 yards in 2016 (after 72 in 2014). Obviously, he’ll want to stop by an ATM on his way to the field.

So should the Bucs be ready to chase down Peterson? Or should they let another team sign him?

Oh, make no mistake. With the problems that Doug Martin has had, no one would blame Tampa Bay if they choose to try out another running back. But there are other quality backs to be had at a more affordable price than Peterson,

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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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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