JLC: Peterson Won't Make It Through Season

Jason La Canfora said Adrian Peterson is "washed" and might not even make it to October

August 21, 2018 - 12:40 pm

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On Monday, Adrian Peterson signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins for the veteran minimum: $630,000. The 33-year-old running back has averaged just 3.0 yards per carry since the beginning of 2016 and is on his fourth team in 16 months.

“He is washed,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s a guy who didn’t really have the ego wherewithal to handle being part of a rotation last year – in two different places, really. He wasn’t that comfortable with that. He’s used to being the man. Well, he’s not necessarily going to be the man in Washington even though they signed him, especially when (Samaje) Perine comes back. If he hadn’t gotten hurt, they wouldn't have gone down this route at all.

“I don’t think Adrian Peterson gets through this season,” La Canfora continued. “I really don’t. I’m not even sure if he’s there come October, but we’ll see.”

In other news, Dez Bryant remains a free agent, as it appears Cleveland is no longer a potential destination.

“I’ve reported all along that nothing was ever imminent there,” La Canfora said. “Dez Bryant, even though he was eventually tweeting nice things about the Browns, was in no hurry to sign with Cleveland. He’s going to get one chance here to relaunch himself. He’s going to have one chance to sign a contract (and) springboard himself into a better multi-year deal next year. I don’t know that Cleveland is necessarily the spot, where they’re going to be changing quarterbacks at some point and they’ve got a lot of new parts on that offense.”

Including Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde, and Nick Chubb, among others.

“As much as I think they’re improved with a better roster, they’re not going to be playing a lot of prime-time games,” La Canfora said. “They’re not going to get a lot of attention. If you’re Dez Bryant, you’ve been out this long, you might as well wait to see: does New England suffer a couple more injuries? Does Pittsburgh lose a couple of receivers? Do the Rams have a couple guys get hurt? (He needs) a place where you can go and maybe be part of a big-time team and reestablish yourself. I never really saw (the Browns) as a good match.”