The Seahawks have added running back Adrian Peterson to their roster.
I’m sure a lot of people are having fun with that headline today; Mr. Peterson probably hears it wherever he goes.
If you’re not aware, we aren’t referring to the Pro Bowl running back for the Minnesota Vikings. The Adrian Peterson we’re referring to has spent the last eight seasons playing for the Chicago Bears.
Originally selected in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Adrian Nicholas Peterson is probably best known for his career at Georgia Southern. He finished his career with 6,559 rushing yards (not including playoffs), a Division I record.
In the National Football League, however, Peterson has not been as successful. For Chicago, Peterson was primarily a backup and situational runner – although he has started six games in his eight-year career. In 2007, Peterson started five games and rushed for a career-high 510 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Last season, Peterson appeared in 14 games but carried the ball only 7 times for 51 yards.
The Seattle Seahawks are loaded at running back – even though they’re lacking any elite runners – and Peterson’s chances of earning a roster spot are rather slim. Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, and Leon Washington are all promising candidates to fill the roster. Quinton Ganther has an outside shot at making the team because of his versatility.
Apparently, Pete Carroll wanted to add depth and create competition before the first preseason game. Peterson, however, probably won’t last any longer than Louis Rankin (although nothing is certain, especially with a new regime).
To make room for Peterson, the Seahawks released wide receiver Matt Simon.