Adrian Peterson thinks he can play four or five more years

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Adrian Peterson is back in Minnesota to check out the Super Bowl, and he thinks he’ll have a few more years of trying to get on the field in a Super Bowl.

Peterson told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he plans to play four or five more years.

“At the end of the day, I know I can play,” he said. “I would want to play maybe four more years, four to five more years.’’

Peterson is aware of the report that the Cardinals plan to cut him, but he says he’s not sure if that’s the case.

“I haven’t heard anything from the horse’s mouth but I heard the report as well,” he said.. “But it’s just a report for now. If it’s [true] it was a great run for me and a great opportunity and it will be on to the next, but hopefully that’s not the case.”

Forget about four or five more years, Peterson might not play again at all, if the Cardinals do in fact cut him. Playing running back in the NFL is a young man’s game. But Peterson isn’t ready to concede to Father Time.

81 responses to “Adrian Peterson thinks he can play four or five more years

  1. He can think whatever he wants, but the trend in the NFL clearly indicates that he’ll be in a timeshare next year – at best.

  2. He said all this last year, how he was going to pass Emmitt. He
    had one good game all year, he will not even have one good game next year
    even if someone gives him a shot.

  3. ” Playing running back in the NFL is a young man’s game. But Peterson isn’t ready to concede to Father Time.”

    He might not be, but his body already has.

  4. Peterson was not overated. One of the best to play his position. Just look at some of his highlight reels.

    But Father Time catches up to all at some point.

  5. He would not get another shot/NFL contract if he didn’t present such optimism and conviction. Now a team like Seahawks might dabble, but not for high value. I expect them to use the normal due diligence and decide if they could improve with him at the price that makes cap sense. It won’t be a long look; but I’ll bet they peak, along with half dozen other teams.

  6. Peterson had 2 great games 134 rushing yards and 159 rushing yards. Outside if that he had too many games of 20 carries and 30-40 rushing yards. He’s shot. But on the bright side if it’s over he gets to end his career in Arizona just like Emmitt Smith.

  7. chawk12thman says:
    Now a team like Seahawks might dabble, but not for high value. I expect them to use the normal due diligence and decide if they could improve with him at the price that makes cap sense. It won’t be a long look; but I’ll bet they peak, along with half dozen other teams.
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    Seattle was the first team to have Adrian Peterson in for a visit last summer and didn’t bother to sign him. Why in the hell would they be interested in him now that he’s another year older and coming off yet another disappointing, injury-plagued season?

  8. 2014 75 yards rushing – Injuries
    2015 1485 yards rushing – Excellent year
    2016 72 yards rushing – Injuries
    2017 529 yards rushing – Injuries

    Four years combined Peterson has averaged 540 yards per year.
    I don’t think Peterson will like the upcoming contract offers.

  9. I know it is fashionable to hate on Peterson, but he could play several more years. The issue though is only partially father time catching up. Yes, he is no longer in his Prime but he still has gas in the tank. The real issue is that there are very few teams that utilize running backs the way he needs to be utilized anymore. If he were on a team that ran the ball 30 times a game, and primarily on 1st and 2nd down, he could still be a 1,000 yard back or hovering around that mark. But pretty much nobody does that anymore, and the few teams that do have young stud RBs in the role. His skillset has diminished, but not as much as everyone says…the bigger issue is that his skillset isn’t useful to the league any more.

  10. Most of the greats always feel this way. You don’t get to be as good as AD was by not being over confident. Sure he is done but I don’t expect him to ever admit that. Go ahead and call him a fool but that foolish attitude he has carried with him for 30 years to wealth and a HOF career.

  11. He’s a physical monster. Saints players were saying last year that he’s still as fast as ever.
    It really doesnt make sense why he sucks now. Must be mental. That isn’t suprising. He’s had a god complex for so long he thinks the defense should just watch his greatness as he runs by.

  12. 6thsense10 says:
    February 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    Peterson had 2 great games 134 rushing yards and 159 rushing yards. Outside if that he had too many games of 20 carries and 30-40 rushing yards. He’s shot. But on the bright side if it’s over he gets to end his career in Arizona just like Emmitt Smith.

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    HAHA, and that’s as close as he’ll get to Emmitt…

  13. Peterson has been delusional about his abilities for the last 3-4 years. His first few years in the league were really, really good, but then things started slowing down gradually. He’s not the beast he was 10 years ago. His ego tell him that he’s a starting running back, but the reality is that he’s a second or third stringer at best. He can’t catch the ball out of the backfield and he has a propensity to fumble often (which makes no sense at all, since he has a grip that can bring grown men to their knees). I’m thinking that the ride is almost if not completely over, AD. The NFL has moved on.

  14. Though past his prime, Peterson can still be a productive running back. He showed that in Arizona. Even running behind a patchwork line, he had a couple of outstanding games. With David Johnson returning, he’s not really needed in Arizona, but he could help some teams.

  15. One thing bad about him is that he fumbles too often. Since he is no longer as great as he once was, teams will hesitate trying to sign him because of his fumblitis.

  16. Only if he wants to be a role player to come in and seal the game in the 4th quarter at $1 million a year, so he’ll need to sign with a team that usually plays with the lead….

  17. omeletpants says:
    February 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm
    Considering his entire career and potential, he was wildly overrated
    ———-
    Maybe he’s not the best receiving back, and he’s had some fumble issues, but as a pure RB AP is one of the greatest if not the best. And overrated? How much do you expect him to carry that Vikings offense, more than he already has. Dude was the only threat on that team and still ran for 2000yds and won MVP, and pretty much carried that offense all the way to the playoffs few years ago.

    He’s a running back, you can only expect them to carry the team so far (a la Barry Sanders). AD is a first ballot HOF for sure and is definitely not overrated. If he had a QB most his career he’d have a ring.

  18. Nah, you lost me there homie. I agree that AP still has gas in the tank. He hasnt been dealt a great hand last year that suited his style of play but unfortunately every team is willing to invest more time in young runningbacks that play special teams.

  19. Adrian Peterson thinks he can play four or five more years
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    He also thought he was a modern-day slave as he was making millions playing a game of his own free choosing. This is not a smart man.

  20. Not much call for old running backs who can’t produce and have a fumbling problem. It is more likely he never plays again in the NFL than to make it 4 more years someplace. He better have saved some of his money.

  21. Well he spent most of his career on Seattle’s farm team in Minnesota, so makes sense for him to move up to Seattle. Seahawks need RBs right?

  22. Perhaps Adrian should just stick to beating his children. That appears to be all he is good at doing these days.

  23. It’s sad that a player as great and respected as he was is now (justifiably) disposed by so many.

    There are a number of backs available in the draft. These guys are going to make a bunch of starters who should be back ups become free agents. It’s going to be ‘easy’ to get a more then serviceable back up for 2018. This will make guys like Petersen have zero value.

  24. Well that’s fine and dandy BUT: I’d expect more 20 carry for 30 yard games than the vintage A.P. of ’08 ’09 ’12 ’15. Just trying to keep it in perspective here. No matter where he lands the latter is more of the new standard for ‘ol A.P. than the former. The sooner he realizes that these better off he’ll be. Go out while you’re still on somewhat of a high note. 4 to 5 more yrs at this stage just seems like a desperation Hail Mary from your own 1yrd line.

  25. He has to say that. He might get one more contract, but it won’t be as a starter. If it is, it would be for a team that doesn’t either have the best run blocking O-line (like Arizona) or a team that doesn’t want to pound the rock with him in the iso every play (like New Orleans). Arizona didn’t have a passing attack that made the defense drop back, so A.P. was pretty easy to stop. New Orleans had backs better suited to their game plan that could also catch passes out of the backfield, something that A.P. doesn’t often do. He has to come out on long yardage 3rd downs, which is a downside. I don’t doubt that he still is more athletic than most backs in the league, but the league has passed him by. Who would sign him and use him the right way for him? The Giants? The Bears? The Chiefs? The Panthers? It’s hard to see him getting the carries he needs on a team that also is willing to pay him and block for him and who does not have younger or cheaper options.

  26. He might be done now. I find it hard to believe teams are lining up to pay him $7 million a year for his production. What happened with the Saints & Cards last year isn’t going to help his case. He was an all time great once but not anymore.

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