Washington doesn’t need Adrian Peterson

Tanya Simon
August 21, 2018

He is a seven-time Pro Bowl RB and four-time All-Pro.

Peterson ranks 12th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 12,276 yards and is just 37 yards shy of passing Cleveland Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

The Redskins will work out free agent running back Adrian Peterson on Monday, according to multiple reports. Derrius Guice was lost for the season with a torn ACL, while Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (lower leg) are expected to miss some time.

Peterson was cut by Arizona in March after splitting the 2017 season with the Cardinals and Saints.

But for now, the former Vikings running back is not looking to retire anytime soon. There had been no contact between the sides until Sunday afternoon after the team met with Charles and worked out Darkwa. In 2012, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards - second most in a season, after Eric Dickerson. On the other side of the equation, Washington appears to be Peterson's only option, at least without a significant injury to a running back elsewhere before Week 1.

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Peterson is likely seen as a change-of-pace back, or that guy who gets a physical first down or helps wear a team down to close out a game.

Washington's running back depth has been gutted this preseason.

After spending time with the New Orleans Saints, Peterson was traded to the Cardinals on October 10 for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent nine years with Kansas City and last season with Denver.

The 33-year-old finished his stint with Arizona rushing for 448 yards on 129 attempts.

The Redskins open the regular season September 9 at Arizona.

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