Quarterback Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a lot of headlines recently when news surfaced about his workouts with free agent running back, Adrian Peterson. The speculation started to run rampant with people wondering whether the Bucs were considering signing Peterson.
Earlier this week, Winston spoke to the media about working out with Peterson. Winston raved about Peterson's work ethic and all that he had learned from the superstar. The up-and-coming signal caller also admitted he'd like to play alongside the four-time All-Pro, but that is out of his hands, via Jenna Laine of ESPN:
When asked if he'd like to play with Peterson, a free agent, Winston said, "Absolutely."
"I don't know of anyone that wouldn't," Winston said. "But that's out of my league. I can only talk about what I learned from him and how he helped me this offseason."
Peterson, who recently parted with the Minnesota Vikings after 10 seasons, remains a free agent and looking for a new home in the NFL. The veteran back has been linked to many different teams during the NFL offseason and has already visited a few of those franchises, but a contract has yet to be signed with the 2017 NFL Draft almost a week away on April 27.
With the draft filled with talent at the running back position, Peterson may find it even harder to get a new deal after draft day. The New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Oakland Raiders have all been linked to Peterson over the last few weeks with no deal on the horizon.
Peterson has said that he's in no rush to sign with a new team. If that is truly the case, he could remain unemployed leading all the way up to the season opener in September and forced to wait for an opportunity to open up during the 2017 NFL season.
As for the Bucs, Tampa Bay will continue moving forward with Doug Martin as their feature back. However, Martin is suspended for the first three games of the 2017 campaign due to testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and may be on a short lead in Tampa Bay.
Winston and company are a team on the rise in the NFL with the Bucs coming just short of a playoff berth last season finishing with a record of 9-7. Martin's future may be in question, but the team is seemingly headed in the right direction with Winston under center.