Is Adrian Peterson on his way to a team in the NFC West?

(Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports) Adrian Peterson
(Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports) Adrian Peterson /

Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could be a candidate to replace Cam Akers for the Los Angeles Rams.

At 36-years-old and currently with no team to play for, the chances of former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suiting up in the NFL again are probably as low as they’ve ever been.

After spending last season with the Detroit Lions, Peterson has yet to sign a deal anywhere for the upcoming season. He’s continuing to train like he’s going to play this year, but he’s still waiting to get a call from a team looking for his help.

Filling in for an injured player might be one of the best ways for Peterson to continue his career in the league in 2021. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams suffered a blow in their offensive backfield, and the former Vikings running back could be someone they consider

Could former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson sign with the Los Angeles Rams?

On Tuesday, NFL Media’s Tom Peliserro delivered some unfortunate news when he revealed that Rams starting running back, Cam Akers, suffered a torn Achilles during a training session, and he will miss the entire 2021 season.

Darrell Henderson will probably take over the majority of Akers’ snaps this year. But behind Henderson on Los Angeles’ running back depth chart is a group of guys that are lacking NFL experience.

So if the Rams end up looking to add a veteran to their offensive backfield to work with Henderson, Peterson could potentially be someone they consider.

With Los Angeles, the role of the former Minnesota running back would likely be similar to what it was with the Lions last season. With Detroit in 2020, Peterson was on the field for 30 percent of the team’s offensive snaps and he averaged 10.5 touches per game.

10.5 touches per matchup might even be a little too high in a role with the Rams. But if Peterson is just looking for a place to play next season, then it might not matter to him how much Los Angeles chooses to utilize him each week.

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A report has already come out from ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying the Rams aren’t rushing to sign another running back anytime soon. But it wouldn’t be surprising if they gave Peterson or another veteran back a call before the start of the 2021 season.