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Adrian Peterson releases statement about signing with Saints

Adrian Peterson has issued a statement about signing a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints worth $7 million with added incentives. The statement marks his first public comments since finalizing the deal on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old running back, in the statement issued through ESPN’s Josina Anderson, indicates his decision to join the Saints was inspired by how “it just felt right within my spirit.”

Peterson’s statement in its entirety follows.

“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings.

“On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit. They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well. I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute.

“I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well. While I know that injuries have played a role in performance, I also see areas of potential with a lot of younger guys having the ability to step up. Lastly, it goes without saying that the Saints have an amazing fan base and I look forward to making them proud and creating everlasting memories.”

Peterson is expected to share backfield responsibilities with Mark Ingram, who said Tuesday he’s completely on-board with the signing. Saints head coach Sean Payton also indicated Peterson would have a “clear and defined” role in the Saints’ offense.

Peterson also recently updated his social media profile pics to showcase his new team.

Set to embark upon his 11th NFL season, Peterson has amassed 11,747 yards rushing and 97 touchdowns during his Hall of Fame-caliber career with the Minnesota Vikings.

Interestingly, the Saints and Vikings meet on “Monday Night Football” in Week 1 on Sept. 11 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

[The Times-Picayune]