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Washington releases Adrian Peterson

Washington has made a roster decision that is not surprising, and provides clarity in their backfield. We break down the news of Adrian Peterson’s release

Washington running back Adrian Peterson celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at FedExField on December 15, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Washington Football Team has had significant turnover at its running back position, and the latest to depart is veteran Adrian Peterson. The team announced his release Friday morning.

Peterson played in Washington each of the past two seasons, and while he averaged a shade under 4.2 yards per carry, he did not provide the kind of upside from earlier in his career. He was a useful option when Derrius Guice got hurt, but at some point the Washington Football Team needed to go younger at the position.

The team released Guice a month ago due to allegations of multiple domestic violence incidents. Third round pick Antonio Gibson moved up the depth chart and likely will claim the starting role soon, if not already. Bryce Love and Peyton Barber will compete for work, with JD McKissic picking up passing down work.

Gibson is the back to roster in fantasy football. Love or Barber would pick up work if Gibson got hurt, but Gibson is the one with the most upside heading into Week 1.