Could Adrian Peterson increase the Redskins run game?
By Donny Starr
The Minnesota Vikings have no clue what to do with Adrian Peterson. I’ve got an idea: Send him to the Redskins.
I know what you’re thinking. Acquiring Adrian Peterson might set the Redskins back a cool $18 million dollars. Let’s not forget he only played three games last season. Finally, there’s the meniscus injury. I get it. Considering the fact Peterson has the entire off season to get himself together, this shouldn’t be an issue. It’s only a matter of readiness.
In addition, a healthy Peterson broke 1,000 yards plus. That was a few seasons ago, and a lot has happened since then. No matter what he says, he wants to play football. He would only retire as a Viking if nothing catches his attention. Like most players, it comes down to the highest bidder. He has played his final hand with the Vikings. Good times, but far more setbacks on and off the field. What Peterson needs is a fresh start. He needs to be with a team that’s rebuilding as much as he is.
The New York Giants already have 22-year-old Paul Perkins. More than likely, he’s their starter for 2017. The only shot he has at playing time in New York is competing against Shane Vereen for the No.2 slot. Vereen rushed for 158 yards averaging 31 yards a game. Good luck with that. The Dallas Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliot and Alfred Morris. It makes no sense for Peterson to consider these teams unless he knows he’s getting significant playing time. I don’t think he’s confident in those chances. This comes down to who will pay the price tag and take the risk. The Redskins have Robert Kelley but could use Peterson’s experience and power on the field.
The Redskins are looking for something, or someone to break the mold of a playoff team. Adrian Peterson needs the time to regain the trust and confidence of a team. He could get that time with Washington. We’ve given injury-prone players second chances in the past.
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