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The Washington Football Team has released running back, Adrian Peterson, according to Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo. Peterson is one of the most dynamic running backs in NFL history.
Peterson, 35, has rushed for the 5th most yards in NFL history with 14, 216. The Minnesota Vikings drafted Peterson with the 7th overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. The all-time great played a majority of his career in Minnesota. In 2012, Peterson almost broke the single season rushing record. He ran for 2,097 yards, which was just 9 yards short of the record that is held by Eric Dickerson. After the 2016 season, the Minnesota Vikings decided to not pick up Peterson’s 2017 option making him an unrestricted free agent. He would later sign with the New Orleans Saints, but didn’t finish out the season before ending up on a new team. He was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a sixth-round pick. After the 2017 season, Peterson once again was a free agent as he was released by Arizona. Peterson signed with Washington, and found success once again.
In two years with Washington, Peterson totaled 1,940 rushing yards and 250 receiving yards. He also had 13 total touchdowns with the team. Peterson will now look for a new home, and according to NBCSports’ Mike Florio, a league source has said that Peterson is gaining interest from other teams.
The Washington Football Team will now have to find a new starting running back. The three top candidates to replace Peterson are, veteran Peyton Barber, second year man Bryce Love, third-down back J.D. McKissic, and rookie Antonio Gibson.
According to ESPN’s John Keim, Washington looks to run multiple two-running-back packages. However, look for Washington to name a starter in the following days.