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Saquon Barkley’s 2018 comments about Adrian Peterson take on new meaning

Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley has been open about the fact that Adrian Peterson was one of his childhood heroes. The New York Giants star has tried to model his game and work ethic after Peterson’s, and he can now lean on A.P. for advice on overcoming an extremely difficult injury.

Barkley left Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with a knee injury, and early indications are that he tore his ACL. Peterson, of course, suffered a torn ACL late in the 2011 season and then returned the following year to set a career high with 2,097 rushing yards. When Barkley was a rookie in 2018, NFL Films captured him on the sideline talking about Peterson’s 2012 comeback. Peterson gave Barkley some words of wisdom after the game.

Assuming Barkley does have a torn ACL, he’ll have more time to recover than Peterson did. Peterson’s torn ACL came on Dec. 24, 2011. He somehow underwent surgery and rehabbed hard enough to be ready for Week 1 in 2012. If all goes well for Barkley, there’s no reason he can’t do the same.

Barkley already proved how tough he is when he played through a significant injury last season. There’s no reason to doubt that he will come back stronger than ever in 2021, especially if Peterson mentors him along the way.

Adrian Peterson agrees to sign with Lions

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson was a surprise release by the Washington Football Team this week, but it didn’t take him very long to find a new home.

Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Sunday that he is signing with the Detroit Lions. He said his familiarity with Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who served in the same role with the Minnesota Vikings several years ago, was a big factor in the decision.

“They’re giving me an opportunity to play,” Peterson told Anderson. “I know coach (Darell) Bevell from my days in Minnesota. Ultimately I feel comfortable going there and helping them to get better.”

Peterson had a productive season last year with Washington. The 35-year-old rushed for 898 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry, which was his highest mark since 2015. He has made it clear that he is nowhere close to considering retirement.

Lions running backs D’Andre Swift and Bo Scarbrough have been banged up this offseason, and Kerryon Johnson is coming off knee surgery. Peterson should provide some valuable depth for Detroit.

Washington featured Adrian Peterson in tweet 12 hours before cutting him

Adrian Peterson

The Washington Football team made a surprise decision on Friday morning to release veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And if you followed the team’s social media activity the night before, you probably found the move to be even more of a head-scratcher.

Peterson was informed on Friday that he has been release. Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network first reported the news, and it was later confirmed by the team. Just 12 hours before that, Peterson shared a photo of himself on Twitter working hard at training camp. Washington retweeted it.

The timing was obviously just an unfortunate coincidence. NFL teams have social media managers that run their accounts, and those people usually have no idea which players are on the verge of being released.

Washington’s young backs have reportedly been impressive in training camp, which is why the 35-year-old Peterson became the odd man out. Third-round pick Antonio Gibson and former Stanford star Bryce Love are expected to see significant playing time. Washington had to part ways with Derrius Guice following a disturbing arrest last month, but they are clearly pleased with their running back depth.

Peterson said recently that he is nowhere close to considering retirement. He should be able to find another job ahead of Week 1.

Adrian Peterson thinks NFL teams should value RBs as much as QBs

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson is among very few running backs in NFL history who have been able to play at a high level well into their 30s, but the seven-time Pro Bowler believes teams need to start treating his position with more respect.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Peterson expressed frustration over the fact that running backs have such a tough time landing massive guaranteed contracts like other skill position players. He called it “disrespectful,” pointing to himself and Frank Gore as proof that teams should feel more comfortable making long term commitments to running backs. In fact, Peterson feels running backs should be compensated more similarly to quarterbacks.

“I think the change is going to come,” he said. “Me and Frank Gore continue to show guys, ‘Hey, we are valuable. We can have 10, 14-year careers as well, so value us as well like you would value a quarterback, you know?'”

Some big contracts have been handed out recently to running backs. Christian McCaffrey signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Carolina Panthers that included $38 million guaranteed. Ezekiel Elliott got a six-year, $90 million contract from the Dallas Cowboys with $50 million guaranteed. Dalvin Cook may not get quite that much, but the Minnesota Vikings star is looking for similar money.

Peterson is happy to see young backs representing the position well and cashing in.

“This young core of backs are really changing the game for the better,” Peterson said. “I feel like you’re going to continue to get guys like that, that’s going to help raise the value of the running back position.”

As for Peterson, he’s 35 and recently indicated he has no intention of retiring soon. Still, he and Gore are extremely rare in the sense that most running backs fizzle out after they turn 30. The same is not true for quarterbacks, which is one of the many reasons there’s such a massive difference in salaries at the two positions. That is not going to change.

Adrian Peterson wants to play four more NFL seasons

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has successfully proven that turning 30 does not have to be a death sentence for an NFL running back, and he plans to continue proving that for many years to come.

Peterson was asked in an interview with TMZ this week how much longer he plans to play in the NFL. While one might think a 35-year-old player would take things one day at a time, Peterson said he sees no reason why he can’t play four more seasons.

“Why not four more years? Why not?” He said. “I don’t want to ever be in a position where I look back and say, man, I should have played two more years. I should have played another year. I want to enjoy it. I’m still chasing a championship. I still can play the game at a high level.”

Peterson has had to carry a significant workload for the Washington Redskins over the past two seasons, but he has made the most of his opportunities. He’s ready to share carries in 2020 with Derrius Guice, who is hoping to finally stay healthy. Peterson said the tandem will be “trouble” for opposing defenses.

“It’s definitely trouble for the NFC East to have us both healthy,” Peterson said. “Our running back room is definitely not short of having some playmakers. As a coaching staff, you look at that and kind of lick your chops.”

After he previously butted heads with Jay Gruden, it’s no surprise Peterson said he is looking forward to seeing how things look with new head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner. Peterson was openly critical of Washington’s approach on offense last year, so he undoubtedly welcomed the coaching change.

Frank Gore is still playing in the NFL at age 37, so it would be unwise to doubt Peterson. AP rushed for 898 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games last season. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry, which was his best mark since 2015. We probably won’t see the Peterson of old anymore, but the seven-time Pro Bowler clearly feels he is nowhere near having to think about retirement.

Adrian Peterson was not happy with Trent Williams trade

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson was not a fan of the Washington Redskins’ trade of Trent Williams.

Peterson spoke with reporters on a video conference call last week and addressed the team’s trade of Williams.

“I didn’t really like the trade, obviously,” Peterson said, per an official team transcript. “I feel like Trent is the best offensive lineman in the game. I’m able to see him firsthand and what he’s able to do. I was hoping there would be some good ending to him and what the Redskins were dealing with but, I’m happy for him. I’ve been on Trent since he was in high school and as long as he’s happy, that’s all that matters.”

It’s no surprise Peterson wouldn’t be happy about the deal. Williams has made seven straight Pro Bowls and is highly regarded as an offensive lineman, so trading him doesn’t immediately make Washington’s offense better. The Redskins got two draft picks from San Francisco in return for Williams. And if you want to know how others feel about the deal, look to Sean McVay’s response.

Williams had been with Washington since they took him No. 4 overall in 2010. Peterson has rushed for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons with Washington, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

H/T The Spun

Adrian Peterson gives vote of confidence to Dwayne Haskins

Adrian Peterson

It sounds like at least one member of the Washington Redskins does not want to see the team look into other quarterbacks this offseason.

Running back Adrian Peterson said on Twitter Wednesday that nobody should be sleeping on Dwayne Haskins, giving the quarterback a solid vote of confidence as free agency inches closer.

Peterson’s message comes as there is speculation about how safe Haskins’ job is. Though Haskins was a first-round pick a year ago, there are reports and indications that the team is looking at other quarterbacks. Most of it is just speculation at this point, but it’s serious enough that Haskins has felt compelled to say something as the rumors intensify.

Adrian Peterson will be back with Redskins in 2020

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Adrian Peterson will turn 35 next month and is now officially what feels like a lifetime beyond the shelf life of an NFL running back, but the Washington Redskins still believe he has something to offer.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that the club option on Peterson’s contract for 2020 has been exercised. He is set to earn a base salary of $2.25 million.

Peterson had another solid season last year, rushing for 898 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry, which was his best mark since 2015.

Had Jay Gruden stuck around in Washington, it seems less likely that Peterson would have been back in 2020. Gruden made it clear early in the year that he did not think very highly of Peterson, which led to AP criticizing the team’s offensive approach. Peterson is probably welcoming a fresh start under new head coach Ron Rivera. Now, the question is whether or not he can keep defeating Father Time.

Adrian Peterson reportedly in dispute with Morgan Stanley over failed investment

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has found himself involved in yet another financial dispute.

Peterson has had a number of issues with money despite earning more than $100 million on the field during his NFL career, and the latest involves a failed investment with Morgan Stanley. While a specific broker was not named, Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic has learned that Peterson has taken Morgan Stanley Wealth Management to arbitration over an investment that went sour. Arbitration is the process that is often used to resolve disputes rather than litigation due to the terms of most contracts and agreements for corporate investment firms like Morgan Stanley.

A spokesperson with Morgan Stanley told Kaplan in an email that the firm is defending against the claims from Peterson and believes the claims are “without merit.” No other details about the case were given, and Peterson’s attorney Chris Carlson declined to comment.

In all likelihood, Peterson is arguing that he was misled or misinformed about an investment opportunity from a broker at Morgan Stanley. It is unfortunately not uncommon for professional athletes to fall victim to bad advice or scams from money managers, though it’s unclear what exactly Peterson is alleging.

This is the latest in a long string of financial issues for Peterson. The All-Pro running back was sued by a Pennsylvania based-lender last year for defaulting on a loan worth more than $5 million, and he allegedly had used some of the money from that loan to pay off another debt stemming from a separate lawsuit in 2007.

Adrian Peterson had to ‘hold back tears’ in return to Minnesota

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota on Thursday night, but this time he did so as a member of the Washington Redskins in a game that was critical for each team despite them heading in different directions.

Ultimately, the Vikings reigned supreme on the night, dropping the Redskins by a score of 19-9 despite a strong showing by Peterson, who tallied over 100 yards from scrimmage (76 yards rushing, 27 yards receiving) while averaging over 5.0 yards per carry.

Late in the fourth quarter with the game winding down, the Vikings decided to honor their all-time leading rusher, plastering Peterson on the two big screens that line the stadium, which led to loud and prolonged cheers, as well as the chants of “AP.”

Peterson acknowledged the fans, waving to them and later kissing his fingers in a show of respect. But it wasn’t until after the game that the future Hall of Famer shared the full extent of his emotions.

“I had to hold tears back, to be honest,” Peterson said, via ESPN. “It was special, a special moment.

“Just coming back and seeing the love they still have for me and they showed, man, it felt good. Even in defeat I’m able to embrace it and take it for what it was and it meant a lot. I spent a decade here so just to see that ovation and the love they showed it was meaningful.”

Peterson also admitted that as a force of habit, he found himself on the sidelines singing the “Skol” song at several points throughout the night.

“There was a couple times during the game I caught myself singing the Skol song,” he said. “It’s a natural instinct. Some things are just triggered.”

Although Peterson didn’t get the win as a player, he most certainly got the win as a person. He’s beloved in Minnesota and that will never change.