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Monday’s NFL: Saints, Adrian Peterson close to deal

Detroit News wire services

Who says Adrian Peterson won’t open the 2017 season at U.S. Bank Stadium on “Monday Night Football”?

The former Vikings great very well could be in Minnesota. As a member of the Saints.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Peterson and the Saints are closing in on a one-year, $3 million deal for what would be Peterson’s 11th NFL season and the first outside of Minnesota.

Peterson, a seventh overall pick of the Vikings 10 years ago, has racked up seven Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro honors, three rushing titles and the 2012 league MVP, when he rushed for 2,097 yards, the second-most in NFL history.

But he turned 32 last month. Combine that with last year’s injury-ruined season and a contract that called for him to make $18 million, the Vikings decided to move on and released him. They went younger, signing Raiders free agent Latavius Murray.

Peterson has rushed for 11,747 yards to rank 16th in NFL history. He’s 565 from passing Jim Brown for 10th place. But he also played only three games last season because of knee and groin injuries.

With the Saints, Peterson would be joining a passing team featuring Drew Brees and a running back group that shares the team’s limited number of carries. Peterson would join running back Mark Ingram, who posted his first 1,000-yard season and a career-high 10 touchdowns a year ago.

Hernandez funeral

Aaron Hernandez’s family turned out for a private funeral to say their farewells to the former NFL star, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over by the time he is buried.

Hernandez’s mother, brother and fiancee were among about 50 mourners who attended the invitation-only service in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

Hernandadez, a former Patriots tight end, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, hanged himself in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts on April 19. Only days earlier he had been acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012.

The guests included twin NFL players Mike and Maurkice Pouncey; medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden, whom Hernandez’s family retained to perform an independent autopsy; and at least one of Hernandez’s attorneys.

Extra points

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he’s sorry he let a few negative words cause a rift between him and his hometown. Roethlisberger was back in Findlay, Ohio over the weekend as he and his sister were inducted into Hancock County’s sports hall of fame.

He says he was hurt several years ago by criticism from some people in the northern Ohio town that came after he was accused of sexual assault.

He wasn’t charged then, but he was suspended by the NFL in 2010. That same year he stopped listing Findlay as his hometown.

... Seahawks general manager John Schneider said nothing he has heard leads him to believe cornerback Richard Sherman will be traded.

“Right now we’ve kind of moved past it and if somebody calls and goes crazy with something then we’ll discuss it again,” Schneider said. “I don’t mean go crazy, but you know what I mean.”