In a very surprising move, the Washington Football Team released veteran running back Adrian Peterson. The Kansas City Chiefs should act quickly and sign the former All-Pro.
*THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN WITH THE HELP OF A SCREEN READER*
The 35-year old Adrian Peterson was signed by Washington in 2018 and led the team with 1,940 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns that year. The purpose of this article is not to ponder the inner machinations of the Washington Football Team, for lately no one will accuse them of being well ran, but rather to speculate on what is next for Peterson in what is undoubtedly the twilight of his career.
Given my well publicized bias for my Oklahoma Sooners and all their former players, it will probably come as a shock to no one reading this article, that I think he should pack up and move to Kansas City to join the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Where Adrian Peterson fits in in the Kansas City Chiefs backfield
There is no question right now in the Chiefs locker room that given the opt out of starting running back Damien Williams, the next in line for that job is first rounder Clyde Edwards-Helaire, as it should be. Edwards-Helaire is poised to have a breakout season and be an every down back, but not all the work should be put on CEH in the running game, even for a young buck like himself.
What the Chiefs need is a veteran who can not only pound the rock for three yards and a cloud of dust when that is all that is needed on a third and short, but a man with archives of experience that could act as a mentor in what could be a strange and turbulent season.
Would the 35 year old Peterson break off runs for 30, 40 or 50 yards? Possibly not (although he still could), but he would be a very solid third down back, much like what the Chiefs had in Spencer Ware prior to his injury.
Peterson wouldn’t be sent out on a first and ten and certainly not in any situation where long yardage is required, but if three yards is all you need, Peterson could get that every time on a third and short. Do you really think that a brilliant offensive mind like Andy Reid couldn’t do something with a player of Peterson’s caliber?