Charles, Peterson join PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agent list

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Running backs Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles are headed for free agency, and both have been placed in the PFT Hot 100 Free Agents list.

Despite their name recognition, both were placed on the bottom quarter of the list. Peterson comes in at No. 78, and Charles is currently at No. 81.

Besides age, two things are working against Peterson and Charles as they approach the next phase of their careers. History says older running backs rarely live up to the buzz their names may create with their new teams, and with the 2017 running back draft class loaded with younger and fresher backs, it’s hard to see teams committing a bunch of money to Peterson and Charles.

Charles is 30 and coming off of two knee surgeries. Even if he can get healthy for 2017, he’s probably not going to be more than a part-time player. Charles is the NFL’s all-time leader in yards per carry at 5.45, but he’s been limited to just eight games over the past two seasons.

Peterson turns 32 next month, and he was limited to just three games last season. He’s probably headed for at best a time-share situation and possibly could be some team’s No. 2 or 3 running back. He’s come back from injury before and is just two seasons separated from a 1,485-yard campaign, but it’s hard to imagine some team seeing Peterson as its No. 1 running back option for 2017.

11 responses to “Charles, Peterson join PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agent list

  1. I like Peterson in Dallas. Vet minimum and he could spell Prescott after that O-line batters em. Might teach the kid a thing or two as well, plus he tried to come to Dallas a few seasons back….they are contenders. All looks good to me.

  2. Peterson thinks he’s worth way more than he is. It’s going to be a tough pull for him to swallow when he’s not looking at over $5 mill (at MAX) next year.

    If the Vikings pay him anything over $3 mill to play next year I’m going to question the management and my own sanity as to why I root for them.

  3. richndc says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:53 PM
    I like Peterson in Dallas. Vet minimum and he could spell Prescott after that O-line batters em.

    I don’t think Peterson could ‘spell’ Prescott before that O-line batters em, let alone after.

  4. richndc says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:53 PM
    I like Peterson in Dallas. Vet minimum and he could spell Prescott after that O-line batters em. Might teach the kid a thing or two as well, plus he tried to come to Dallas a few seasons back….they are contenders. All looks good to me.

    When did AP start playing QB?

  5. Peterson, lets see huge ego, can only run out of one position, can not pass block worth a lick, needs a couple games to get warmed up, each games needs 15 carries to get started, needs to be catered too and oh yes will fumble at the most horrible times. Yeh I can see the teams lining up now. Nice guy. Is a honest is the day is long. Is a physical beast and works at it. Dumb as a rock. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen QB’s and rookie players have to show AP where to line up if he is not in his comfortable spot. If this was the NFL of the 1960’s or 70’s maybe but today is shotgun running and pass blocking is important. And the kicker it is a RB heavy draft. AP is in for a rude awakening.

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