NFC Notes: Rodgers, Peterson, Keenum, Seahawks

Adrian Peterson had one of the least productive seasons of his career in 2017, but the veteran running back believes he still has plenty left in the tank.

“At the end of the day, I know I can play,” he told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter link). “If you watch football, as far as being an evaluator of talent, if a guy has something left in the tank… he was able to see (I) can still play the game. … I would want to play maybe four more years, four to five more years.’’

There were rumblings that the Cardinals would ultimately cut Peterson, but the 32-year-old doesn’t sound overly concerned about his status in 2018.

“I haven’t heard anything from the horse’s mouth but I heard the report as well,” he told Tomasson. “But it’s just a report for now If it’s (true) it was a great run for me and a great opportunity and it will be on to the next but hopefully that’s not the case.”

Peterson split last season between the Saints and Cardinals. After an underwhelming start in New Orleans, Peterson ultimately started six games for Arizona, compiling 448 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 129 carries.

Let’s take a look at some more notes from around the NFC…

  • While Aaron Rodgers made it clear that he wants to play into his 40s, he also told the Associated Press that it may require him to play for another team. The Packers quarterback cited the departure of Brett Favre, who bounced between the Jets and Vikings after more than a decade in Green Bay. “I think you have to be humble enough to realize if it could happen to Brett, it can happen to you,” Rodgers said.
  • The Vikings will have some tough choices to make at the quarterback position this offseason, but Case Keenum is hoping he’ll get another chance at the starting gig. The 29-year-old told 1500ESPN’s Mackey and Judd that he’d like to finish what he started in Minnesota.“We love Minnesota, we love it here, we love the season we had, we definitely feel like there’s some unfinished business with how things ended,” Keenum said (via Matthew Coller of “At the same time, we understand tough decisions have to be made and so we’ll see what happens.”
  • Mary Jo White will be leading the NFL’s investigation into Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, reports’s David Newton. Back in December, it was reported that the owner was under investigation for workplace misconduct. White had previously served as a federal prosecutor in New York City and as the Securities and Exchange Commission under President Obama.
  • The Seahawks have hired former Texans special teams coach Larry Izzo as their new assistant ST coach, reports Alex Marvez of the Sporting News. Izzo was the special teams coach in Houston for the past two years, but was fired last month after back-to-back dismal seasons. He’ll now work under Brian Schneider, who’s been in Seattle since 2010. Izzo, a former NFL linebacker and special teams maven in the AFC East, is replacing Heath Farwell, who took a similar role with the Panthers.

Dallas Robinson contributed to this post.

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8 comments on “NFC Notes: Rodgers, Peterson, Keenum, Seahawks

  1. afsooner02

    Favre did it to himself….retired, packers draft 2 QBs to back up Rodgers (brohm and Flynn) and go through all spring with arod as the starter. Then in late June, he changes his mind and decides….hey guys I’m coming back. Screw all that work you’ve been doing arod and the draft picks on QBs.

    Had he made his decision before the draft, which was DEF not too much to ask, the entire situation wouldn’t have happened and Brett would have been able to play his last few years in GB.

    I’m glad the sides have made up and Brett is back in good graces in GB but he thought he was bigger than The packers organization, and the team showed him he was not, especially not at 37.

    • augold5

      Brett was told from the FO after the 2007 season that Rodgers was going to start the next season. Because he was too proud to be a backup, he decided to retire, which he later regretted because he thought he had a couple good years left and decided to unretire. If anything he the Packers saved face by them not having to trade/bench him.

      • afsooner02

        Not accurate at all…..he just led the packers to a 13-3 season and lost in the conf champ game in overtime….and the packers decided they were done with him for unproven Rodgers? No

  2. minor league guy

    fantastic reporting on a story that came out 4 days ago re: rodgers :/

  3. qbass187

    Seahawks lookin for a little of that Patriots snow angel magic, huh?

  4. Meren

    Per League Rules Rodgers should be a Free Agent right now because of the Packers Fiasco of taking him off IR, and letting Rodgers play a game, then trying to put him back on IR when he was not injured. Per League Rules the team is supposed to Cut said player. Blatant favoritism towards the Packers.

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