INDIANAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson is officially on the Giants’ radar.
Now that the Vikings running back is due to become a free agent March 9, he’ll be one of the players the Giants give a once-over to before the market opens.
“We’ll go take a look at him, we’ll evaluate him and get a grade on anyone who is available and we’ll make those decisions in terms of what’s best for the Giants moving forward,” Ben McAdoo said Wednesday at the Combine.
That hardly qualifies as interest, but it’s at least a step in a process that has been hinted at for several weeks. Peterson has mentioned the Giants as a possible landing spot and tweeted about the team’s moves since the end of the season. The Vikings declined to pick up an option on him for 2017 on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to become a free agent.
Giants president and co-owner John Mara declined to comment Wednesday on whether the team would consider signing Peterson.
It still seems as if a marriage between Peterson and the Giants is a long shot and a mismatch in styles. Peterson has expressed an interest in returning to the Vikings on a more cap-friendly contract, and other options could include the Raiders and Buccaneers.
The Giants, however, have other options for a veteran to help balance the workload expected to fall on second-year running back Paul Perkins now that they have parted ways with Rashad Jennings. Jamaal Charles was released by the Chiefs this week, and the Packers’ Eddie Lacy is due to become a free agent.
“Paul is a guy we have confidence in,” McAdoo said of Perkins, who became the starter late in the season.
Asked if the Giants want to add a veteran to play beside him, McAdoo said: “If it fits. If it’s clean.”