Future Hall-of-Fame running back is expected to be released by the Arizona Cardinals after playing six games for the team during the 2017 after being traded by the Saints, having only played in four games for New Orleans. In those six games with Arizona, Peterson rushed for 448 yards and 2 touchdowns on 129 attempts, adding 66 yards receiving on 9 catches.
While Peterson did have two solid performances, rushing for 134 yards in one and 159 yards in the other, he was largely ineffective otherwise before suffering a season-ending neck injury in Week 12.
The 32-year-old Peterson is as close to a lock for an entry into Campton as any NFL of this century, with the only thing holding him back being off-the-field issues involving domestic violence. Over his legendary career, he has accrued 12,276 rushing yards on 2,574 carries, finding the end zone on the ground 99 times. Although he has never won a Super Bowl, Peterson made first team All-Pro four times, won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2007, and took home the NFL MVP award in 2012.
The decision to release Peterson makes perfect sense for the Cardinals, considering they brought him into their backfield in an attempt to make up for the absence of superstar running back David Johnson after he went down for the season following a Week 1 wrist injury. With Johnson expected to come back full force for the 2018-19 season, Arizona wouldn’t have much use for a backup running back turning 33 before the start of the season.
While there is no word yet as to whether or not Peterson will retire, but it’s not unreasonable to think that we very well may have seen the last of AP on an NFL team. Stay tuned in the near future for word on whether or not he will decide to hang up his cleats.