RB free agent Adrian Peterson wants to continue his NFL career next season

RENTON, Wash .– After a discussion with Pete Carroll, Adrian Peterson began to consider a coaching career after the game. For now, however, the 36-year-old running back plans to continue his Hall of Fame career in 2022.

Peterson finished his 15th NFL season on the injured list with the Seattle Seahawks, who ended their season 7-10 with a victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Peterson joined their training team in early December and played in one game before injuring his back.

Peterson, who will be a free agent, said Monday he had not spoken to team officials about returning to the Seahawks but wanted to keep playing.

“I just can’t imagine my career ending the way it did,” he said. “So with that I start the offseason with the mindset to keep playing. I still have love for the game. I feel like I can still compete at a high level and with an offseason. to my credit, with the state of mind – – because I’m stronger than I was last year, mentally – with the state of mind with which I would enter this offseason, I feel like I’ll be able to do amazing things, get healthy and fight this offseason with a different mindset. So starting today, I’m really looking forward to playing again. “

The Seahawks were all but eliminated from the playoffs when they signed Peterson, but believed he could have a positive impact on their young players. This has been especially true with fourth-year running back Rashaad Penny, whose late-season explosion coincided with the arrival of Peterson.

Penny, who has led the NFL with 671 rushing yards in the last five games and scored six touchdowns in that span, has continually cited how much he has benefited from watching Peterson and soaking up his wisdom.

“I feel like Penny is one of the most important people I have ever touched,” said Peterson. “He didn’t hesitate. He didn’t hesitate to ask questions and try to pick my brain. ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ Not only did he just ask, but he also acted on it. He did things throughout the week to help his body recover, to keep his body in shape. “

Carroll saw the same thing. That’s part of the reason he recently raised with Peterson the possibility of a possible move into training.

Before that, he had never considered coaching anything other than maybe his son’s little league team.

“But after talking to Coach Pete, that’s something I kind of thought about,” said Peterson. “I also talked to my wife and she said, ‘Adrian, you’re just a different person when you’re in football and it shows. So that’s something you should really think about and consider. ‘ So, for the first time, I really thought about it and considered going in that direction if and when I was done playing football. So we’ll see where the chips fall. “

In his only game with the Seahawks, Peterson scored a touchdown to tie Jim Brown for 10th on the NFL’s all-time TD roster.

“The experience has been second to none,” he said of his time in Seattle. “I have been fortunate enough to play with a lot of different organizations and I can say that this is definitely, probably the best experience I have had.”

Peterson ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,918 career rushing yards.

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