By Michael Bennett

Adrian Peterson is 35 and has made it clear he’s not retiring after the 2020 season.

In fact, he might play upwards of another four years as he chases both a Super Bowl ring and the NFL’s all-time rushing mark held by Emmitt Smith, but only one of those years might be in Washington.

Peterson is heading into a contract year, and it’ll mark yet another season wherein they hope to find their future at the position. The attempt to do so with former second-round pick Derrius Guice blew up in their face — be it with continued injury and ultimately his release amid domestic violence allegations — but the club benched Peterson in Week 1 of the 2019 season to give Guice a chance to take the crown.

It didn’t work and Peterson went on to be one of the few bright spots for Washington, but they’re not giving up on seeing if they can supplant the elder statesman. Even with Guice out of the picture, there’s still four other bodies in the RB room, and one of them is rookie third-round pick Antonio Gibson. But without a preseason to play, expect Peterson to stay put at RB1 until further notice.

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