The Arizona Cardinals will release veteran running back Adrian Peterson before he is due a $750,000 roster bonus on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter also notes that Peterson could potentially re-sign with the Cardinals this off-season, but will likely wait til a later date, as the 32-year-old running back will likely prefer to test the free agent market more than anything else this spring.
After running back David Johnson went down for the season with a wrist injury, Arizona acquired Peterson via trade with the New Orleans Saints after the Saints backfield that already featured Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram became too crowded for Peterson to receive any carries in. Peterson had two standout games in his six games with the Cardinals, rushing for 134 yards in his first game with the team against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and then racking up 159 yards against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks later, but had just 155 yards in the four other games combined.
While Peterson is not the star we saw with the Minnesota Vikings anymore, he can still be a productive running back in a backup role to an elite running back like Johnson. Other potential fits for Peterson include the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins. Schefter expects their to be a soft market of interest in the seven-time Pro Bowler.
Peterson is also now 100% healthy, as he told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he is healed from a neck injury that cut his 2017 season short by a month.
For his career, Peterson has rushed for 12,276 yards on 2,574 attempts. His 99 rushing touchdowns have him tied for 9th all-time in NFL history with Barry Sanders. He will become the 8th player in NFL history to rush for 100 touchdowns if he finds the end zone in 2018.
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