Adrian Peterson
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In a surprising development, the Washington Football Team has cut running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson’s release marks the second cut Washington has made to their backfield in the last month, following the release of running back Derrius Guice.

Adrian Peterson played two seasons in the nation’s capital, leading the franchise in rushing yards in both 2018 and 2019. Overall, he rushed for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns while with the team.

Implications of the Adrian Peterson Release

This stunning release stands to provide a greatly expanded role to Washington Football Team rookie Antonio Gibson. Gibson, a third-round pick out of Memphis, has reportedly impressed in preseason camp. He is now the undisputed RB1 heading into the first week of the NFL season. This change stands to have fantasy implications as well.

Fantasy experts saw Peterson as a safe late-round pick given that he was supposed to have the most carries with the Football Team. That is no longer the case. We may also see more touches given to rookie Bryce Love, who was not seen as a guaranteed roster spot just a few days ago. J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber round out the running back rotation for the Football Team.

Peterson has been named to the NFL Pro Bowl seven times and was the NFL MVP in 2012. He currently sits at fifth all-time in rushing yards and fourth in rushing touchdowns. AP will need to find another franchise with which to continue his Hall of Fame career.

Potential suitors include the Chicago Bears, who may be looking for RB depth with David Montgomery out following an injury. As of now, there is no concrete news regarding where Peterson will land. More information will be available following final roster cuts across the NFL.

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