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Ted Thompson was willing to admit this much about the Green Bay Packers‘ running back situation: “We need some more guys,” the general manager told reporters on Monday in Phoenix during a break from the NFL annual meetings.

“We’re a little short in a couple of areas. So from a personnel standpoint, we’ve got to get some more bodies. But we like the guys that we have, it’s just that we’d like to get some more.”

When it came to Adrian Peterson, Thompson clammed up.

“We don’t talk about players that are not on our team,” he said. “We never have. We never will. It doesn’t serve a purpose, I don’t think.”

Peterson and other veteran running backs remain on the market, but there’s no indication the Packers have pursued or will pursue any of them. Peterson said he’s in no rush to sign and denied a report that he’s seeking $8 million in first-year money to play in 2017. The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up Peterson’s option that would have paid him $18 million this year, thus making him a free agent.

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PHOENIX — Right there in the McAdoo dictionary explaining New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo’s favorite sayings and words is the answer he gave to a question at the NFL meetings Tuesday about whether free-agent running back Adrian Peterson could land with the Giants.

“Never say never,” he said.

We’ve heard that one before. By my count, McAdoo has offered that same response to 13 other questions from reporters in a public setting over the past year.

Could there be changes to his coaching staff this offseason?

Never say never.

Would they add a quarterback with Ryan Nassib going on injured reserve back in December?

Never say never.

My favorite: Would Odell Beckham Jr. play safety?

Never say never.

Would offensive lineman Brett Jones be used as a third-down blocking back?

Never say never.

Did McAdoo think there would ever be an NFL team in London?

Never say never.

Would the Giants re-sign linebacker Jasper Brinkley?

Never say never.

Would they add another offensive lineman (asked multiple times)?

Never say never.

You get the point. It’s one of McAdoo’s go-to lines, with mixed results.

Sometimes these things happen, such as there being changes to his coaching staff, adding another quarterback when Nassib’s season ended and signing another offensive lineman (they added Will Beatty later in the day after McAdoo was asked about adding a lineman last summer).

Sometimes they don’t. The Giants never used Beckham at safety or Jones as a third-down back. Brinkley’s career ended after he was released just days before the start of the regular season.

In the case of Peterson, this was McAdoo’s way of avoiding the question without providing the most telling response: It’s very, very unlikely. If A, B, C, D, E and F unfold, then maybe Peterson will play for the Giants this season.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — More than two-thirds of the players on ESPN’s Top 150 free-agent list are off the market, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t players available who can still help teams.

The Green Bay Packers are one of those teams still in need of help. They have holes at several key positions, including running back and cornerback — the two spots that gave them trouble last season. So far, they’ve done nothing at running back after losing Eddie Lacy to the Seattle Seahawks and cutting James Starks. At cornerback, they added retread veteran Davon House, the former Packers backup who spent the past two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has not talked to Adrian Peterson or his agent about the running back’s contract for the 2017 season, but Spielman said no matter what happens with Peterson in the next two weeks, “Adrian will always be a Minnesota Viking.”

Peterson, who turns 32 on March 21, has a team option for the 2017 season that would pay him $18 million and trigger a $6 million roster bonus if he’s on the roster by the third day of the league year. The Vikings have to make a decision on Peterson’s option by the start of the league year on March 9, but it seems likely that the team would try to work out a restructured deal if it plans to keep him, rather than bringing him back on the option.

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Forget those interesting moves. Here are some interesting odds.

Adrian Peterson has been openly flirting with theGiants, seemingly planning ahead in case he is released by the Vikings. The future Hall of Fame running back first mentioned the Giants as a potential landing spot in January, and he followed up in February with a curious tweet about the team’s roster moves.

Nothing can happen, though, until the Vikings rework Peterson’s deal or cut him. Until then, there are only betting odds on where Peterson will play in 2017, courtesy of BookMaker.eu via SportsLine.

It’s a good news, bad news situation for Giants fans who want Peterson. They will make some good money if they bet with their hearts, but the books don’t seem terribly worried about that prospect.

The gambling website gives the Giants +1500 odds to land Peterson, meaning a bettor would win $1,500 for a $100 wager on Peterson landing with the Giants.

The Packers are the surprise favorite to sign Peterson at +200 odds. The Vikings are given +250 odds to retain Peterson.

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