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Silver Minings: Raiders reportedly interested in Adrian Peterson

Veteran running back could be a great mentor to Josh Jacobs

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After making a bunch of roster moves on Saturday, there’s a chance the Raiders might not be done. A few days ago, future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson was released by the Washington Football Team.

ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler appeared on Saturday morning’s edition of SportsCenter and gave an update on what he’s hearing about where Peterson can potentially land.

“I’m told three teams called Peterson’s reps (on Friday) to at least inquire about where he’s at,” Fowler said. “Peterson wants to get to work right away. Multiple league execs believe the Las Vegas Raiders could be a sizable option for him because they have Josh Jacobs in the running back spot and he could back him up. Peterson could play some power football for Jon Gruden.

“But Peterson wanted to get to work earlier. He would’ve liked to have been cut a few days earlier, maybe when Tampa Bay signed Leonard Fournette. That’s not really an option anymore, but he wants to get started here.”

Peterson is 35 years old, and approaching his 14th season. It’s likely his starting days are over, but he can still prove to be a very valuable backup back. In 2019, he rushed for 898 yards with five touchdowns in 15 starts for Washington.

Washington first-year coach Ron Rivera said Friday the decision to release Peterson was not an easy one.

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