Washington Releases Adrian Peterson

The Washington Football Team has released Adrian Peterson, per a club announcement. The timing of the move is a bit curious, as Peterson was projected to serve as the team’s leading running back.

Even with Derrius Guice out of the picture, Washington didn’t see a place for Peterson, who was set to earn $2.25MM in 2020. By releasing him, they’ll save ~$2.4MM against $750K in dead money. The backfield will now be led by third-round rookie Antonio Gibson with support from the talented and oft-injured Bryce Love. Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic round out the RB group.

Between 2018 and 2019, Peterson averaged a solid 4.2 yards per carry and suited up for 31 of a possible 32 games. For his career, Peterson has rushed for 14,216 yards, putting him roughly 1,000 yards behind Barry Sanders for fourth on the NFL’s all-time career list. As you might expect, the 35-year-old tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter) that he still wants to play. .

Peterson has racked up quite an odometer with 3,036 carries over the course of 13 seasons. Still, he remains productive, and insistent that he’s nowhere near the end.

I can see myself playing to 40,” Peterson said in December. “People look at that and say, ‘oh my god; that’s crazy.’ But they’ve been doing that for the past two years and surprise, surprise I’m still able to do it at a high level.”

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. Alex Jones

    32-33 years old (“they’ve been doing (saying) that for the past two years”) …..

    32-33 years old is just a TAD different than 40 years old, AD.

  2. jessaumodesto

    Oh great! Just drafted him with my first round pick in fanty draft! Thanks Redskins.

  3. tedtheodorelogan

    Maybe he can play WR for the Niners, as pretty much everyone on the depth chart is hurt.

  4. rondon

    The Bears should give him a shot with Montgomery down and only a scat back and UDFAs in camp.

      • Technically correct

        Makes a lot of sense, but feels a lot more like a Gruden special to me. Same arguments about mentoring and whatnot, just for Jacobs instead.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Bears signing AP would be a nice gesture of respect considering he ran for over 200 yards against us not once but TWICE.

  5. Bryzzo4417!

    No brainer signing for the Bears. At WORST, Montgomery gets to be mentored by a HOF running back, and he can fill in at least serviceably until Monty is healthy. He simply can’t be worse than Nall and Pierce.

  6. itslonelyatthetrop

    Love and Gibson need the playing time. Better to let AP go a year early rather than a year late.

  7. wagner13

    This allows him to hook on with a contender as well. He’s not great at this stage of his career, but can still produce as an early down runner behind a serviceable offensive line.

    The Bears make plenty of sense, as he can fill in for Montgomery and form a thunder/lightning tandem with Cohen, not unlike what Howard did back in 2018. The Texans could use him, as I don’t trust David Johnson to stay healthy and they could use a goalline specialist given that Duke is more of a third-down runner. If he wants to really ring chase, the Chiefs could always use someone to plow into the end zone to cap off drives

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