Adrian Peterson visited the Redskins on Monday, and apparently they liked what they saw from the veteran running back.
According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, Peterson and the Redskins have agreed to a contract.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2018
Peterson began last season with the New Orleans Saints but was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. He had some issues with the Saints’ coaching staff, which led to him being moved. He rushed for 529 yards on 156 carries last season and had a pair of 100-yard games for the Cardinals before a neck injury ended his season.
Washington was not on Peterson’s list of preferred destinations he mentioned in May, but he didn’t have many options. The Redskins were in the market for a running back after losing rookie Derrius Guice for the season due to a knee injury, and as a result Peterson is getting an opportunity to keep playing in the NFL.
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Adrian Peterson has generated very little interest from teams this offseason, but the Washington Redskins are still willing to give him a look. If you ask veteran offensive lineman Trent Williams, his team is making a smart decision.
Williams, a former first-round pick who has been with the Redskins since 2010, played with Peterson at Oklahoma and co-owns a gym with him in Houston. While his opinion may be a bit biased, he insists A.P. has plenty to offer at age 33.
“He hasn’t slowed down a step,” Williams said Sunday, via Matthew Paras of the Washington Times.
Peterson began last season with the New Orleans Saints but was quickly traded to the Arizona Cardinals after he was unable to carve out a role in Sean Payton’s offense. He looked plenty explosive early on with Arizona, but he eventually slowed down and a neck injury ended his season.
The Redskins are suddenly in the market for running back help after rookie Derrius Guice went down with a torn ACL, and Williams insists his old friend is being underestimated by many teams.
“I don’t understand the stigma when people get 31, 32, 33 — they somehow just slow down?” Williams said. “You don’t. That’s a gifted athlete, you know? He has a gift.”
The Redskins were not on Peterson’s list of preferred teams he had in May, but he doesn’t have the luxury of ruling out destinations if he wants to play football in 2018. Perhaps his history with Williams will help in Washington.
Adrian Peterson will be getting a look on the free agent market.
Peterson is set to visit with the Washington Redskins, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2018
There has been very little chatter surrounding the 33-year-old unsigned running back.
Peterson began last season with the New Orleans Saints but was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. He had some issues with the Saints’ coaching staff, which led to his move.
Peterson rushed for 529 yards on 156 carries last season. He had a pair of 100-yard games for the Cardinals before a neck injury ended his season.
Washington was not on Peterson’s list of preferred destinations he mentioned in May, but at this point, he can’t afford to be picky if he simply wants to play. Washington could be in the market for another running back option after losing rookie Derrius Guice for the season due to a knee injury.
Adrian Peterson had trouble finding work last offseason before the New Orleans Saints eventually signed him, and he may find the market even tougher heading into 2018. Despite that, the 33-year-old feels there are several teams that should give him a long look.
In an appearance on ESPN’s “NFL Live” recently, Peterson was not shy about ratting off potential landing spots.
“Obviously, I’ve mentioned Houston a couple times,” he said. “I feel like Green Bay wouldn’t be a bad look as well, Carolina — there’s some options out there. Miami. Down there in St. Louis, that would be a nice look with Todd Gurley.”
Wait a minute, St. Louis? Peterson was obviously referring to the Los Angeles Rams, but the fact that he said “down there in St. Louis” seems to refer to the geographic location, which means he may have briefly forgotten that the franchise relocated.
Peterson realizes his days of being a featured back are over, and he has adjusted his expectations accordingly.
“You see around the league (a lot of) two-back systems,” he continued. “Guys are not really pounding the ball 20 or 30 times a game, so I think that leaves the door open for a couple of opportunities for me.”
Peterson has also mentioned a possible reunion with one team he played for last season, but that seems highly unlikely. While it wouldn’t be shocking if a team brings him into camp to see what he has left in the tank, no one would be surprised if A.P. has played his last down in the NFL.
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Rumblings of a potential reunion between Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints are not quieting down.
Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he would be open to returning to New Orleans, suggesting it would be a “different look” and he’s not concerned with how things went last season.
Free Agent RB Adrian Peterson to me right now on if he'd be willing to play for the #Saints again: "Of course I would. I'm not tripping over the past, plus it would be a different look." pic.twitter.com/zB6irpBUXk
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) May 14, 2018
Coach Sean Payton has also spoken highly of Peterson recently, though the Saints say they’re not prioritizing the addition of a veteran running back. The mutual interest sounds like it’s there, though, if that changes.
The New Orleans Saints are down a running back, but that won’t spur them to action in the free agent market.
Coach Sean Payton said Saturday that the team wasn’t aiming to sign a veteran running back to replace the suspended Mark Ingram, but didn’t rule out a reunion with Adrian Peterson, who had a brief stint with the team in 2017.
Sean Payton confirms he is not looking to sign a veteran RB at this time. asked him if he would be open to bringing back Adrian Peterson. “Absolutely,” Payton said.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) May 12, 2018
It doesn’t sound like the Saints are chasing a running back, but won’t object if the right option falls into their lap. Peterson’s tenure with New Orleans was somewhat tempestuous, though, so Payton may not be as eager to bring him back as he seems.
Adrian Peterson knows he could have a more difficult time finding a job this offseason than he did a year ago, and he may end up not finding one at all. If nothing else, the future Hall of Famer is going down swinging.
Peterson will turn 33 later this month and has suffered multiple significant knee injuries. Beyond that, he has always be seen as more of a power runner who isn’t as effective catching passes out of the backfield. Earlier in the week, Peterson thanked NFL legend Eric Dickerson for defending how much he has left in the tank. A.P. also fired back at critics who say he can’t catch.
Appreciate the love @EricDickerson. @RealSkipBayless @ShannonSharpe Nothing but respect! I’m not a receiving back??Okay… Tell me one of your Top free agent RB that has season with better numbers? Here’s two seasons, receiving 57-43 436yds 10.1 average/50-34 341 9.5 average. https://t.co/ddsCoYkxJN
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 13, 2018
When one person pointed out that Peterson was citing stats from years ago, the veteran running back did not back down.
That was 5 years ago.
— Charles L. Freeman (@charleslfreemn) March 13, 2018
Your point, sir? Now, My point in respondn to those guys now you were to clearly state, when put in the right situation, I was a productive receivin back and if compared to any point in time the targets, yards and productivity is relevant. These weren’t shovel passes!
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 13, 2018
So because you don’t believe& rather overlook clear evidence! Can you find a RB that runs with more force tenacity, determination and Heart? Send me a link 2 one RB that ran harder than I did in the 49ers game last year. I won’t say another word if you can do that! Don’t ME IN pic.twitter.com/4JD1VL0z3e
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 14, 2018
In the past, Peterson has blamed his lack of production in the receiving game on the quarterbacks he has played with. Even if that does help explain it, teams will probably be more turned off by his age and the fact that he has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry while playing sparingly over the past two seasons. Peterson simply isn’t the back he used to be.