NFL teams are quietly sending a message to Adrian Peterson

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

As multiple teams are looking for help in their backfield, former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is not among those getting any interest.

After he was selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson went on to become one of the greatest running backs to ever set foot in the league.

Peterson is 36-years-old now, and despite the desire to still play, he’s currently without a team to suit up for this season.

There have been several teams around the NFL in need of running back help during the last few weeks including the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Rams. However, none of them have shown any interest in signing Peterson.

Could the NFL career of former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson already be over?

With teams like the Ravens, 49ers, and Rams all passing on adding Peterson to their roster, it’s starting to seem like his career in the league isn’t going to end on his own terms.

There have been plenty of instances in the past where the NFL has unofficially made the decision for guys to be done playing in the league without their approval. It seems like this could be the case for the former Vikings running back.

It’s hard to blame them though since Peterson’s style doesn’t really fit in with the majority of the current offenses around the NFL.

To be a running back in the league today, guys not only have to be able to be successful rushers, but they also have to excel at catching the ball out of the backfield and at pass blocking. Catching and pass blocking have never been two of Peterson’s top skills and that’s not about to magically change for him at the age of 36.

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If we have seen the last of the former Minnesota running back in the NFL, his time on the field will end with him having the league’s fifth-most career rushing yards, fourth-most career rushing touchdowns, and the sixth-most career rushing attempts.