Adrian Peterson is weighing his options in free agency, and he has a visit scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. There are plenty of possibilities for a new NFL home for Peterson, but the Seahawks would be a decent fit.
Signing with the Seahawks would reunite Peterson with Darrell Bevell, who was the Vikings offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2010. Peterson rushed for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie in 2007, and he continued to be consistently productive throughout Bevell’s tenure in Minnesota.
Golden State is in a brutal stretch of games. The Warriors have played eight games since Feb. 27, with seven coming on the road and five of those against Eastern Conference squads on the other side of the country. The back-to-back against San Antonio was their third in this stretch, and several of the games were nationally televised. (That means longer commercial breaks, which means games finishing later, which means even later arrivals at hotels after a postgame flight.)
Especially because the Warriors had lost four of their last six games, Saturday’s matchup against San Antonio was immensely important within the Western Conference standings. Saturday’s win by the Spurs puts them a half game behind Golden State in the standings, and guaranteed San Antonio would win the season series — they play three times and the Spurs have now taken the first two.
Given that, it initially seems surprising that the Warriors chose to rest players for Saturday’s game, rather than the less important Friday matchup. (They probably didn’t expect the one-point loss to Minnesota, however.) Because Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out with a concussion, the Warriors would’ve surely been favored to beat San Antonio, although it’s always unwise to count out the Spurs regardless if they’re shorthanded.
If you look a little deeper, though, there are some reasons it makes sense.