Veteran backs cut loose, as Peterson and Charles look for new landing spots
And just like that 2017 Free Agency in the NFL has begun. Free Agency doesn’t actually begin until March 9th, but there’s already some big-name players relinquishing ties with their old teams, and looking forward to what the 2017-18 has in store for them, and most importantly where they will play at.
Earlier today, it was announced that the Minnesota Vikings declined to take on the 2017 option for the 31-year-old veteran back. Adrian Peterson has spent his whole career with the Vikings, and has said numerous times he’d love to retire with the team that drafted him back in 2007. 10 years later AP2k will likely not get the money he hopes to pursue, but might come in as more of a back up, or mentor type of role depending on what team picks him up. One thing that’s worth noting is that Peterson just isn’t the same player anymore. After rushing for 2,000+ yards in 2012, but shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record, he came into 2014 facing trouble after being indicted for a child abuse case, 2015 he bounced back with 1,485 yards with an average of 4.5 per carry, and just last season he had a disappointing 72 yards in 3 games after tearing his meniscus. It’s hard to imagine a team who’s going to bring him in as their featured back, but the market for a guy like Peterson is going to be open.
Not much later after that the Kansas City Chiefs also made headlines announcing that just like Minnesota they would be cutting ties with their now former featured back Jamaal Charles. Just like Peterson, Charles was once one of the league’s top running backs. Easily top 3 for a good period of time, and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield was sensational. After being drafted in 2008 as a third-rounder the Chiefs cutting the 9-year 30-year-old veteran came as no surprise. It wasn’t a way we had hoped to see Charles leave, neither did Charles, but over the past two years Jamaal had only played in eight games.
In 2015 Jamaal Charles tore his ACL, and hasn’t been the same since. This was his second time tearing his ACL, and the pain in his knee kept lingering into 2016 sidelining him for most of the season, as he would go on to watch Spencer Ware, and Charcandrick West take over the duties in the backfield. By cutting Charles the Chiefs save $6 million in cap space. The four-time pro bowler is leaving as the all-time leading rusher in Kansas City, and as some would call him “Fantasy Jesus”. He leaves Kansas City totaling 7,260 rushing yards, and 2,457 receiving yards. One of his biggest season came in 2013 when he scored 19 touchdowns. As I mentioned with Peterson, a guy like Jamaal won’t have much trouble finding a new home as teams like the Bucs, Packers, and Giants are in the market for a running back.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/veteran-backs-cut-loose-as-peterson-and-charles-look-for-new-landing-spots/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Box01nzCAAAfosy.jpg?fit=600%2C600&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Box01nzCAAAfosy.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Carolina PanthersFantasyFF AnalysisFF Mock DraftsFF RankingsFootballGreen Bay PackersKansas City ChiefsMinnesota VikingsNew York GiantsNFLRecent PostsTampa Bay BuccaneersAdrian Peterson,Jamaal Charles,Kansas City Chiefs,Minnesota Vikings,NFL,petersonAnd just like that 2017 Free Agency in the NFL has begun. Free Agency doesn't actually begin until March 9th, but there's already some big-name players relinquishing ties with their old teams, and looking forward to what the 2017-18 has in store for them, and most importantly where they...Orlando TorresOrlando Torreslando17800@yahoo.comContributorHello everybody my name is Orlando, my friends call me Lando for short. I love all kinds of sports and fantasy sports as well. I grew up watching the Spurs and Cowboys since I was a kid, so those are my teams. I love writing, video games, spending time with my son along with acting and films. Movie buff. Follow me on Twitter @itslandoyoMyFantasySportsTalk