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Washington Releases RB Adrian Peterson

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Adrian Peterson is one of the most successful running backs in NFL history. Now, he’s looking for a new job.

The Washington Football Team cut Peterson on Friday, just six days from the first NFL game of 2020.

“It’s not about what [Peterson] didn’t do it’s about what these other guys were doing for us and allows us to go in the direction we feel good about. The guy’s got football left in him.” Washington head coach Ron Rivera said.

Peterson is in the Top 5 all-time in two major running back categories. He’s No. 5 all-time in rushing yards (14,216) and No. 4 all-time in rushing touchdowns (111).

If Peterson latches on with another team he could reach No. 4 in rushing yards; he needs 1,054 to pass Barry Sanders (15,269). He can also reach No. 3 on the rushing TD list; Peterson needs 13 rushing scores to surpass Marcus Allen (124).

“Every new chapter is a blessing. Whatever comes next, I’ll be blessed to attack it,” Peterson said. “I can’t be down on myself. I know it wasn’t because of my ability or inabilities to do something. It came down to those guys making their decision.”

Earlier in the offseason, Washington cut Derrius Guice after domestic violence charges surfaced last month. Now with Peterson gone, Washington has four running backs on the roster: 2020 third round pick Antonio Gibson, former Stanford RB Bryce Love, former Seahawk J.D. McKissic and former Buccaneer Peyton Barber.

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