Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Courtesy of Wikipedia.org.

Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson—team’s all-time leading rusher—believes that the team should target Minnesota Vikings former All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, who is currently suspended.

In an interview with Marty Caswell of The Mighty 1090 AM Tomlinson discussed why he thinks it might be a good signing.

“You have to explore options,” Tomlinson said. “If you have a guy like Adrian Peterson, who might be on the market, then you have to explore that option.”

The Chargers may soon have a need at running back with the pending free agency of oft-injured Ryan Mathews.

“You have to see what Ryan wants – if he wants to be back in San Diego – and then what he’s asking for,” Tomlinson said.

Peterson, 30,  has been suspended since being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list on Sept. 17, and is not scheduled to be reinstated until April 15.

However, the NFL Players Association is suing the NFL on Peterson’s behalf for the running back’s immediate reinstatement back into the league.

The Vikings have expressed interest in having the soon-to-be free agent running back return.

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco has not spoken of any interest for Peterson, but the team has a lot of cap space to work with this offseason.

Before being suspended for most last season, Peterson had an extremely productive career that included six Pro-Bowl appearances, three seasons as an All-Pro and the NFL record for most rushing yards in a game (296).

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