Adrian Peterson wants to stick with Lions, unless it’s a rebuild

Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson becomes a free agent in March. The 36-year old back hasn’t shown any interest in retiring; however he has stated that he would “love to stay in Detroit,” Pro Football Talks Michael David Smith reports. There is an asterisk at the end of that statement because he does not want to be part of a rebuilding process.

When the Lions signed Peterson in the offseason, a running-back-by-committee was the vision that was brought to mind. With a healthy Kerryon Johnson returning this season, and high expectations for second-round pick D’Andre Swift; adding Peterson was the icing on the cake. Heading into the last week of the 2020 season, Peterson has found himself with the lions share of the carries with 149 attempts, while Swift has 102 and Johnson is floundering with 52 on the season.

Peterson does provide a valid point to his free agency. Are the Lions going to go into a rebuild once the new front office takes shape? Furthermore, would they want an aging veteran such as Peterson? Sure, he’s been the Lions feature back for the better part of the season; but he isĀ a 36-year old running back. If Peterson does come back, will it be in a more complimentary role; or will he reign atop the depth chart again?

While he may not be as elusive as he once was, Peterson can still run through defenders as he’s shown a couple of times this season. When you have a young back on your team like Swift- there really cannot be a better mentor on the field than one of the greatest of all time; Adrian Peterson.

As far as bringing Peterson back, his name will fall in line the many pending free agents for the Lions- such as Kenny Golladay. Even if it was only for one season, it sure was nice to see “All Day” donning Honolulu Blue.

Danny Bennett
Danny is a former USA Today writer and editor who covered the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 2 seasons each. As an avid pro wrestling fan, Danny is also an accredited media member with WWE, AEW, and NJPW.

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