The Washington Football Team made a surprising move Friday morning by releasing running back Adrian Peterson after two seasons with the franchise.
Peterson figured to be in Washington's rotation, especially after Derrius Guice's release, but rookie Antonio Gibson's emergence in camp and the third-round pick's fit within Scott Turner's offense seemingly made Peterson expendable.
Nevertheless, Washington posted a "Thank you" message on Instagram to show their appreciation for Peterson's production and presence in the locker room over the last two seasons.
Peterson shortly responded to the post, squashing any suspicion of hard feelings between the two sides.
Entering his age-35 season, Peterson still believes he has more to give in the NFL. The running back, who hopes to play until he's 40, ran for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns on 4.2 yards per carry over two years with Washington.
The only drawback in his game at this stage is his limitations as a pass-catcher. Contenders always need a between-the-tackles runner in their rotation, so opportunities should be there for Peterson, though the changing landscape of the running back position won't make finding another landing spot easy.