SNIDER: Peterson is a pointless tease for Redskins fans

Rick Snider
August 21, 2018 - 11:37 am
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The Washington Redskins found another former great player looking for one more chance and one last payday in running back Adrian Peterson. Funny, I thought the Redskins stopped this nonsense.

No more Bruce Smith or Deion Sanders signings, that were money shakedowns in the early days of owner Dan Snyder. At least this one comes with a countdown meter. Adrian Peterson has 11 days to impress the Redskins before roster cutdown on Sept. 1. Otherwise, he costs them nothing.

Indeed, this is a low-risk move. Peterson signed a one-year, $1.05 million deal worth $630,000 against the salary cap. That's peanuts in the NFL. The Redskins just spent $1 million to cut cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Financially, the deal makes sense.

But what about on the field? Peterson was a great running back from 2007-2015 in Minnesota. Since then – zip. He only played three games for the Vikings in 2016 and split last season averaging 3.4 yards for Arizona and New Orleans.

Peterson is a sure Hall of Famer, but the 33-year-old's best days are in the past. If the Redskins want to replenish a decimated running corps, it's better to gamble on a rookie where they may get lucky. At best, Peterson might flash a good effort to excite fans before returning to the norm of the past two years. Running backs do not get a second wind after 11 years.

Coach Jay Gruden is giving Rob Kelley one more chance to prove he's the prime back, despite a lackluster 2017 and showing nothing so far in the preseason. But given the loss of injured second-rounder Derrius Guice, there's really not much choice but to stay with Kelley. Samaje Perine hasn't proven any better and Chris Thompson is best when used a dozen plays or less.

Maybe the Redskins will just run by committee once more and wait for Guice to return in 2019. But adding Peterson seems an unneeded distraction to fans dreaming of the good old days of Peterson. His days of gaining 1,400 yards are done.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks