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Could Bucs be interested in Adrian Peterson?

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NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson

Adam Schefter reacts to the news that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be reinstated effective Friday.

TAMPA, Fla. – The NFL announced that running back Adrian Peterson will be back in the league on Friday.

But where will Peterson end up playing in 2015? He has made it pretty clear he doesn’t want to play in Minnesota. Peterson has listed a half-dozen teams he would like to play for and one of those is the Bucs.

So could it happen? They answer is yes. Peterson almost certainly won’t be back with the Vikings next season. Although Peterson’s salary-cap figure for 2015 is scheduled to be $15.4 million, that’s a number the Bucs could handle. They have the cap room and they have a need.

Doug Martin rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a rookie in 2012. But Martin hasn’t come anywhere close to that the last two seasons. The Bucs could be ready to move on from Martin and Peterson would be an upgrade.

The Bucs want to be a run-the-ball-first offense and that would take pressure of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who appears to be likely to be taken as the first overall pick in the draft.

Landing Peterson could be complicated and expensive. But it also could go a long way toward giving the Bucs the offense they want to have.