Mike Tannenbaum and Marcus Spears explain the impact Adrian Peterson has on the Titans' run-game with Derrick Henry out injured. (1:31).
Adrian Peterson declined an opportunity to appear on ABC's Dancing with the Stars before he signed last Wednesday with the Tennessee Titans in order to replace Derrick Henry.
Sources told ESPN that Peterson was called by the show in September. They offered him $150,000 to attend rehearsals alone and a chance to earn as much as $335,000, plus a potential for a second season, which could be up to three years.
Peterson declined the show, believing he could land with the Ravens. The Ravens lost three running backs during the preseason to season-ending injuries.
The Ravens were among five NFL teams to express interest in Peterson. He led the league in rushes three times. Other teams interested in Peterson were the Bills, Raiders and Falcons as well as the Dolphins.
After Henry sustained a potentially season-ending injury to his foot against the Colts last Sunday, the Titans called Peterson to arrange for Henry to come to Tennessee on Monday. On Monday, he signed with them.
After Henry's foot surgery last week, the Titans are still hopeful that Henry, the NFL’s top rusher, can return to play this season. ESPN reported that a source said it would be "very surprising" if Henry made it back this year.
Peterson will make his Titans debut against the Rams on Sunday. Peterson, a four-time All-Pro, hasn't played since last year, but people who know him believe he can make his Titans debut Sunday without much preparation.
Peterson, 36, stated Friday that he is "in a good position" and stressed that he was always practicing, even when he wasn't with a team.
The energy Peterson brought to Friday's practice impressed the Titans players. Chester Rogers, a receiver for the Titans, told reporters that Peterson was "bringing some juice" and that he had "something left in the tank."