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Redskins RB Adrian Peterson sees NFL's valuation of running backs as 'disrespectful'

Redskins RB Adrian Peterson sees NFL's valuation of running backs as 'disrespectful'

Over the last several years, the running back position has continued to evolve. Players are more versatile and can do numerous things for an offense, making them a valuable component of any system. However, what hasn't evolved with it is the monetary value for the majority at the position.

Despite the production, running backs have consistently had problems when it comes time to negotiate a new deal. As teams look to pay less for the position and spend the money elsewhere, top producers such as Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon and Dalvin Cook have held out of team activities in hopes of new deals. Sometimes their desires are met, other times franchise tags or other loopholes come into play.

The whole situation is something that frustrates Redskins running back Adrian Peterson. The veteran, who helped start the running back revolution with his speed, strength and durability, sees the undervaluing of the position as a slap in the face to some of the most talented players in the game.

"It's disrespectful to be honest with you. It really is," Peterson said to TMZ Sports.

The 14-year pro was able to earn a large payday when his time came with the Minnesota Vikings, signing a seven-year, $96 million contract in 2011. Since then he's continued to produce at a high level, especially over the past two seasons with the Redskins.

Despite the knock that running backs decline after the age of 30, Peterson has rushed for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons with Washington while missing just one game. He was 33-years-old when he joined the team in 2018.

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Peterson is hoping that his continued success following his first decade of football will show owners and front office members that a running back can have value over a long period of time, making it worthwhile to sign players to a long-term contract for the money they deserve.

"I think the change is going to come," Peterson said. "Me and Frank Gore continue to show guys, 'Hey, we are valuable. We can have 10, 14-year careers as well, so value us as well like you would value a quarterback, you know?'"

Gore is entering his 15th season in the NFL after rushing for nearly 600 yards and appearing in all 16 games at the age of 36 in 2019.

Additionally, Peterson has confidence that the market for running backs will continue to change as the players at the position continue to do more for an offense. Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara are the latest examples of do-it-all backs that can line up anywhere on the field and produce outside the run game. Derrick Henry essentially put the Titans on his back and helped the team reach the AFC Championship Game last season.

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As more and more talent like that enters the league, Peterson remains hopeful that the next generation of running backs won't be undervalued when contract negotiations come into play.

"These young core of backs are really changing the game for the better," Peterson said. "I feel like you're going to continue to get guys like that, that's going to help raise the value of the running back position."

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From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

A typhoon of momentum washed over the Washington football organization in the last week and all of a sudden one thing seems quite clear: The Redskins will never play another game.

There will still be football played at FedEx Field and that team seems very likely to still wear burgundy and gold, but after a series of public comments and private conversations with sources in and around the NFL, a Redskins name change is imminent.

Over and over and from different people, one phrase got repeated when asked if the Redskins were actually going to change the team name: "It's done."

The exact timeline remains murky, and there are difficult logistic, marketing and financial questions looming, but too much happened too fast for any other outcome than a name change.

Speaking with numerous sources one misconception emerged however.

While the Redskins publicly announced that the team is conducting a “thorough review” of the team name on July 3, multiple sources explained that internal conversations about changing the name have been going on for some time.

In fact, one source explained that after the murder of George Floyd in May and the massive public protests and demands for social justice that followed, the conversations about changing the Redskins moniker heated up the first week of June.

It’s unclear what the new name will be.

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Redtails and Warriors seem to have the most momentum, but that doesn’t mean either will be the new name. The organization wants to consult with a wide variety of people and resources before finalizing a selection.

The team is proud of its history, understandably, and does not want to abandon all of the team’s success and tradition. What exactly that means will be revealed, likely in the next month or so.

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Let’s be clear - public pressure from FedEx, Nike and Pepsi hastened the call for change.

When FedEx publicly requested on July 2 that Washington change its team name from Redskins, this process got sent into overdrive. The team announced its plan for an internal review of the name the next morning. But conversations, some extensive, had already begun inside the organization prior to FedEx’s announcement.

What once seemed unthinkable now seems inevitable - the Washington Redskins won’t take the field again. 

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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