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Cardinals GM critical of Adrian Peterson’s inability to catch passes

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has said he wants to play in the NFL next season and beyond, but he will likely have even more trouble finding work this offseason than he did a year ago. The lukewarm endorsement he got from his soon-to-be former team’s general manager probably won’t help much.

While speaking with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said he believes Peterson has plenty left in the tank. However, he was openly critical of the 32-year-old’s pass-catching ability.

“There’s no doubt that Adrian still has some juice left in the tank, particularly from a run-skill standpoint,” Keim said, via Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. “He still runs with a lot of anger and aggressiveness, and has the type of contact balance you look for in that position. But in today’s day and age, we all know that you have to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield, you have to be able to do a lot of different things. So versatility is really a key.”

Peterson, who will turn 33 in March, has never been known for having great hands. He tried to blame that on his quarterback situations in the past, but the numbers don’t lie. Over his 12-year NFL career, A.P. had just two seasons where he topped 300 yards receiving. The last time he hit that mark was in 2010.

While he got off to a blazing start after being traded to the Cardinals from New Orleans, Peterson ended up averaging just 3.4 yards per carry in 2017. There’s no question he can still turn it on when he needs to, but his prediction about how much longer he is going to play just seems too farfetched.

15 most overrated NFL players last season

Dak Prescott
From start to finish, the 2017 NFL season was a wild ride with more than a handful of ups-and-downs. It was packed full of surprises, historic moments, feel good stories and, yes, quite a few disappointments. Some of those disappointments loomed larger than others as top-end players failed to deliver.

Here’s a look at the NFL’s 15 most overrated players of 2017:

15. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

After a dismal offensive season in 2016, many expected the Giants to erupt in 2017 and establish themselves as Super Bowl contenders. The belief was a strong defense would get them to the postseason and then two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning would lead them the rest of the way. All of those expectations fell flat and the 37-year-old Manning even found himself benched — controversially — in favor of Geno Smith. Part of Manning’s struggles can undoubtedly be attributed to a terrible offense line and the lack of a ground game, but his Pro Football Focus grade of 75.5 speaks volumes about how far he’s fallen.

14. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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15 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

Dez Bryant

The official start to the new league year is less than a month away, which means all 32 NFL teams are gearing up for their annual free agency frenzy.

In preparation for said frenzy, each team is currently deep in evaluation mode, looking not just at the crop of impending free agents, but also their own impending free agents and what remains of their roster. Teams must decide whom they’d like to bring back, sign, perhaps equally important, who they can part ways with in an effort to trim their salary cap.

Already this month we’ve seen the New York Giants release Bobby Hart, the Kansas City Chiefs terminate the contract of Darrelle Revis, and the Bucs release Chris Baker and Doug Martin. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; a plethora of releases will be coming in relatively short order.

Who is poised to join the list of available players? Here’s a look at 15 players who could be released prior to the start of free agency.

15. Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Although it’s not yet official, it’s widely believed that the Cardinals are poised to part ways with future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson despite a few successful weeks with the team. He was acquired from the New Orleans Saints in a trade that sent a sixth-round pick in the other direction. Entering 2018, Peterson is on the books for a $1.05 million base salary and a cap hit of $2,881,250 including bonuses. There would be no dead cap hit to release the long-time veteran, so Arizona essentially rented Peterson for a portion of the year. At 32 years old and a displaying clear inability to stay healthy — Peterson has appeared in a full 16 games just once since 2012 — it makes sense that the Cardinals plan to go in a different direction. Peterson, however, insists he’s not done playing just yet.

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Adrian Peterson ordered by judge to pay $600,000 loan

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has been ordered by a Hennepin County judge to pay back a $600,000 loan to a bank.

Back in October, we shared a report that Peterson was being sued by Crown Bank for defaulting on a $2.4 million loan.

Peterson has paid back about $1.9 million on the loan, but he still owes $600,000 thanks to the high interest rate.

The Star Tribune reported about the status of Peterson’s financial case. They say he put up his Vikings contract as collateral for the loan, but that was a problem after he was cut by Minnesota. He also agreed to allow the bank to put a mortgage on his home, but they found out he already had two mortgages on the home that are for more money than the property is worth.

Peterson struggled to find a job last year before agreeing to a deal with the Saints. The deal didn’t work out and he was traded to the Cardinals where he had an up-and-down stint before a neck injury ended his season. He’ll be 33 entering the 2018 season, and it’s hard to envision him getting much money to keep playing.

Adrian Peterson wants to play another four years

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson may be on the back end of his career, but he clearly feels he still has a lot more to offer in the NFL.

The veteran running back said Saturday that he’d like to play another four NFL seasons, which would take him through his age 36 season

It’s a tall ask, especially for a running back like Peterson who has taken a lot of hits. He’s coming off an underwhelming season and may never again reach the heights he did in Minnesota.

Peterson will definitely try to play next year, and he’ll probably find a spot for himself. In all likelihood, he’ll have to do it with a new team.

Cardinals expected to release Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

The Arizona Cardinals are expected to release veteran running back Adrian Peterson, according to a report.

Peterson signed a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints last offseason and was traded to the Cardinals early in the season, so he is still under contract with Arizona for 2018. He is scheduled to count $3.5 million against the salary cap, and Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports has been told Peterson will likely be released.

Peterson finished the 2017 season with 529 yards and two touchdowns on 156 rushing attempts. His brief stint with the Saints was a disaster, but the 32-year-old seemed to show he had something left in the tank when he ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his Cardinals debut. Peterson didn’t do much after that, however, and was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury that he suffered in Week 12.

While he has not played a ton, Peterson has now averaged just 2.8 yards per carry over the last two seasons. Despite what he said in December about his playing future, it’s fair to wonder if we have seen the last of the 32-year-old in the NFL.

Adrian Peterson says he plans to play in 2018, won’t need surgery

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has been placed on injured reserve because of a neck injury, ending his 2017 season and leaving many wondering if we have seen the last of him in an NFL game. On Friday, Peterson directly addressed that question.

In a statement he released to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Peterson says he has been informed by a doctor that he will not need to undergo neck surgery. He said he has every intention of “returning completely healthy” in 2018.

Peterson had a couple of big games with the Cardinals where he showed he can still be as explosive as ever, but injuries have led to inconsistency over the past two seasons. He finishes the 2017 season with 129 carries for 448 yards and two touchdowns — both of which came in his Cardinals debut.

Peterson will be 33 at the start of the 2018 season. He has dealt with multiple significant knee injuries and now the neck injury. It took him quite a while to find a new home last offseason, and his tenure with the New Orleans Saints was not exactly a memorable one. Finding work this winter could prove even more difficult for the seven-time Pro Bowler.

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