Adrian Peterson was “kind of blindsided” by release

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Plenty of people were surprised to find out that Washington released running back Adrian Peterson on Friday morning.

Count Peterson among that group. In a radio interview on 106.7 The Fan later on Friday, Peterson said he didn’t expect head coach Ron Rivera to deliver the news that he was gone.

“It kind of blindsided me. I got a call from coach Rivera this morning, he told me to come in and see him,” Peterson said, via Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan.

Peterson may have been taken aback by the news, but he showed no hard feelings for Rivera. He said the team has “the right guy in place” on the sideline and had similarly warm thoughts for two of his former teammates.

Third-round pick Antonio Gibson is in line for a bigger role in the backfield and Peterson said he’ll make an “easy transition” to the NFL. Peterson also said quarterback Dwayne Haskins has “grown leaps and bounds” heading into his second season, but Peterson will have to watch any continued growth from afar.

38 responses to “Adrian Peterson was “kind of blindsided” by release

  1. With Covid19, more than the usual players over 30 will be cur with a crashing cap ceiling in 2021.

    The market will be flooded with vets who want to play at a reduced salary and we will see many retirings on the flip side.

  2. Welcome to the NFL kid it’s a business. Wait dude is almost 36 blindsided? You obviously looked old and slow in camp.

  3. Way to display class on the way out. There is plenty to bash about the organization, but he praised people on the way out!! I’ve been a fan of AP, even though he made life difficult for my team for years.

  4. Shouldn’t Washington have done the old leak the release in hopes of working a trade? I mean if it worked for Kalen Ballage and some other guys, you’d figure it would work for a guy with 1,900+ rushing yards over the last two years.

  5. cowboyzcali says:
    September 4, 2020 at 11:48 am
    Welcome to the NFL kid it’s a business. Wait dude is almost 36 blindsided? You obviously looked old and slow in camp.

    You can understand a layoff is coming and not expect to be part of it. That is the definition of blindsided, and it happens every day. It is as simple as understanding there is something called rain but not expecting it to come on Friday night, then it does. Not a difficult concept to get.

    AP will find work.

  6. martinungrammatical says:

    September 4, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Shouldn’t Washington have done the old leak the release in hopes of working a trade? I mean if it worked for Kalen Ballage and some other guys, you’d figure it would work for a guy with 1,900+ rushing yards over the last two years.

    ——-
    Well 1st it didnt actually work for Ballage as he failed his physical with the jets. 2nd its 2 different scenarios. Ballage when cut was subject to waivers which is why the jets were willing to deal for him, Peterson when cut is a free agent.

  7. If Chicago was smart… which they aren’t… they would sign him. He would bring some short yardage power. He can likely go for 1000 yards in a season.

  8. AP has learned a lot over the years.

    Of course he’s angry about getting cut. Every player that gets cut is angry. But AP knows that displaying that anger will lessen his chances to get picked up by another team, so he says the politically correct things.

    Good on AP. I hope that he gets picked up by another team. He’s a bit long in the tooth, but he likely has another year or two in him.

  9. When the typical career of an NFL RB ends around 29 years of age, a 35 year old RB should always be Leary of looming NFL cuts! Blindsided might equal complacent!

  10. I remember when there were posts about him wanting to challenge for the all-time record and make a SB at some point, a few of us commented that neither was going to happen in Washington. Many of us thought he was going to get released prior to the Guice situation and a few speculated that he still wasn’t safe.

  11. 302EaglesFan says:
    September 4, 2020 at 11:59 am
    Eagles. 1 year deal. No risk. Number 3 back.

    7 33 Rate This

    Why ? Oh because of the 80 yarder he ripped off against that stout eagles defense few years back 😀

  12. I’m glad I got to witness your career every weekend in the glory days AP, you’re as competive as they come and I wouldn’t expect any less of a response from you. You have a future coaching position stamped on your forehead with your drive and love of the game 100%!

  13. way to show class on the way out AD, I think this is a blessing in disguise for you. Good luck at your next stop!

  14. Not to sound negative, but Peterson talks too much and I think Rivera wants a more quiet team, while the organization deals with its image and internal problems …

  15. It’s sad when players don’t realize it’s time to retire. He should have retired 5 years ago

  16. He is a good guy and an excellent teammate. Best wishes to him. He represented Washington a lot better that did Danny Boy.

  17. He is an older player who doesn’t play special teams and makes a boat load of money. He should not feel blindsided. It is a young man’s (cheap man’s) game.

  18. I always hate seeing vets cut so late in the off season.
    I’d rather they be cut a week or two ago. Then they have a better chance of landing somewhere.

  19. Anybody talking about him being old probably haven’t seen him play much the last 2 years or in training camp this year. They are probably ignorant fools that know nothing but talk anyway. AP is a great player & will probably be on some team’s roster by week 5. We will see. Go AP, go!

  20. The guys on here all support the old, crusty, conservative billionaire owners over the players. Gee, I wonder why?

  21. Maybe Rivera has kids, and he’s not too cool about going to work every day in the company of a well known chronic child abuser.

  22. 1000 yards on a team that had nothing else . If peterson is getty 1000 yards on your team you are the Redskins lol

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