Poll: Should Falcons pursue Adrian Peterson, Randy Gregory?

Adrian Peterson, here with wife Ashley Brown, may be traded by the Minnesota Vikings. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson, here with wife Ashley Brown, may be traded by the Minnesota Vikings. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson, here with wife Ashley Brown, may be traded by the Minnesota Vikings. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse charges and accepted a plea deal.

Would you want him as the Falcons running back?

Randy Gregory tested positive for marijuana at the NFL draft combine and subsequently admitted that he smoked marijuana through his time at Nebraska, in part to deal with stress.

Would you want him to anchor the Falcons’ pass rush?

Peterson and Gregory fit into an overall theme entering the Falcons draft. I believe the organization is more likely to take a chance on a player with some off-field baggage now under coach Dan Quinn than it has at any time since 2007. That was the year Michael Vick was indicted for operating a dog fighting enterprise and the Falcons immediately cut out high-risk players.

But now the Falcons are coming off two losing seasons and they believe they may need to take some chances on some players.

For more on this subject, I have a full column on MyAJC.com linked here.

Here’s my thoughts on Peterson and Gregory:

• Peterson: I don’t see it happening, even though a Minneapolis-St. Paul newspaper reported the Falcons are among the teams that may have interest in him. The Falcons are committed to get as much out of this draft as possible and I don’t see them giving up the assets it might take to get Peterson, nor do I see them wanting to try to squeeze his salary under the salary cap. That’s even before you deal with the PR aspect of this. The team is far more likely to deal with the running back issue in the draft.

• Gregory: I’d stay away from him. It’s far beyond the fact he tested positive at the combine (although you have to question the intelligence of an athlete who uses drugs when he knows he’s going to be drug-tested before the most important week of his career). The fact Gregory admits he got high throughout his time at Nebraska to deal with stress and anxiety is a major red flag, whether he is an addict or not. I’m sure every NFL team is debating this very topic.

But I put it to you. Should the Falcons pursue either Peterson or Gregory. You can vote in the polls and comment below.

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33 comments
falcon82111
falcon82111

I say no to gregory for the simple fact we need players on the field not suspended and no to AP. AP gets a no cause of his age and his cost. Falcons have too many needs to pay him that when we already have a capable RB in devonta. they can use that money to fill other needs and also AP is no doubt one of the best backs in the league he is at that age where his play will start to decline although he may have 1 or 2 great seasons left in him.

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

Voting NO & YES in that order and reviewing the results, has got to tell "ONE" how out of "balance" the folks are as part of the poll is!!!


ForgetAbouIT re: AP!!!


TD: Draft Randy Gregory if he's available in the 2nd or 3rd.


Go Falcons

Borodawg
Borodawg

Pot should be legal and allowed in the NFL.  But, since it's not, any player testing positive knowing he'll be tested isn't quite the sharpest knife in the drawer.  He'll probably continue to have issues.

Dewayne Duffy
Dewayne Duffy

Get a running back in the three or fourth round i think falcons need to pick randy if we can not get vic we need a pass rusher

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

If you are going to go for a RB, Gurley instead of Peterson.  Before you jump on the "but Gurley had an ACL tear", if I am not mistaken so has Peterson and he is a lot older (fewer years left in him) than Gurley.

candlin14
candlin14

Trade down in the draft and maybe I wouldn't mind getting Peterson. If we could get multiple players for our 8 pick Peterson would be a good pick up.

gfw
gfw

1.  Don't sign stupid players.  So don't sign Gregory.

2.  Don't sign 30-year-old running backs who cost an arm and a leg, especially when you have a gazillion needs (Iike, ah, OFFENSIVE LINE).  So don't sign Perterson.

atlanta spirit
atlanta spirit

They should sign Schultz's favorite from last year- Michael Sam.  I have not read his stories since that terrible article Schultz wrote about why Sam was not on a team (this was just before Dallas signed him and he stunk).  I have been waiting for Schultz to admit he was wrong but that might hurt his agenda.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Adrian Peterson is should be a no-no. I think Gregory will be fine with veterans involved in his process. But the Falcons should invest in a defensive end. If not---- the fans should rip Mr. Blank because that would prove he doesn't have a clue...

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@DarlaLewis  You need THAT to prove Blank doesn't know what he is doing ?  The last 4 years is more than enough for me..... heck bring back the Smiths !!

OH IO
OH IO

Draft GurlME


kidding

PeterSuli
PeterSuli

I would like to see Peterson, but as you stated, with the salary cap burden, maybe not.


No, to Gregory based upon the lack of IQ. Smoking weed when you know you will test positive.

skeeterN
skeeterN

If you eliminated every athlete, in every single sport known to man, from middle school to the pros who have smoked a joint; just say "no" to competive sports.

BigHittas
BigHittas

whatever happened to Tim Dwight?

Eddie490
Eddie490

Take the guess work out of it and draft Gurley

Bhorsoft
Bhorsoft

Weed is as addictive as chocolate cake, so I take issue with your use of the word "addict".  That said, if a person or player knows they are going to be tested in the future, a smart person knows to lay off the stuff until passing the test.  I would think we would want smart players.  I don't think either of these two fill the bill.  Both players are either a fist or doobie away from a long suspension.

skeeterN
skeeterN

@Bhorsoft  I always cringe when I read or hear someone use addictive and "mary jane" in the same sentence LOL.


DawgnIT
DawgnIT

There are many right answers and many wrong answers but the goal should be to fill all needs while staying under or at the cap.



ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

AP makes the Falcons a credible force instantly.  If the numbers are right, sign him. He could do for the Falcons what the age 30+ John Riggins did for the Redskins.  Gregory seems like a long-term problem.  The guy just likes his weed.  If he were an NBAer that might not be a problem, however smoking pot doesn't translate well to the NFL.   

goblue86
goblue86

@ShovelPlease Dude..Riggins had the hogs blocking for him.  Who is blocking for AP here?

dawgs1
dawgs1

@ShovelPlease  Can't just sign him. Not a free agent. Vikings want high draft pick and starting db. No to a trade.

Tee-Jay
Tee-Jay

@dawgs1 @ShovelPlease give up our 2nd round pick and Alford, yes. Otherwise, draft someone. My problem is which position? DE or RB for #8. UGH.

58Supersports
58Supersports

not that's but Thanks..my bad need to proof read.

ErnestB
ErnestB

No to both of them.  We went the 'older, established' running back route just recently with Stephen Jackson,  Unfortunately that did not work.  Someone who can't put the weed down in advance of the biggest interview of their lifetime concerns me with their decision making abilities.

Indydawg
Indydawg

AP? I thought the Falcons were trying to move forward? 13 mill for a 30 year old running back, with a line that's questionable?


I think you let someone else make that deal...

WhopperDawg
WhopperDawg

If Gregory needs weed to cope with the stress of the college game, he will be on all kinds of dope when faced with the pressures of the NFL.

Kindly passs. Dupree will be better than Gregory in 2 to 3 years. Take him and let Gregory keep puffing away.

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

No to both. AP is too expensive. As for Gregory, if you can't give up weed long enough to pass your test, then you don't want "it" badly enough.