Adrian Peterson's time in the desert could be coming to a close.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Arizona Cardinals are expected to release the future Hall of Famer after he rushed for 448 yards and two scores in six games for them this past season.
The impending move is hardly a surprising one. Due a $750,000 roster bonus on March 16, it was always unlikely the tailback saw that incentive. With David Johnson expected to make a full recovery from wrist surgery in time for the 2018 season, and given Peterson's 3.5 yards per carry and the $0 cap hit the team would incur to release him, the move makes sense.
The door will likely be open for a possible return. Whether Peterson wants to return as a backup remains to be seen.
Here are other free agency moves we're monitoring Monday:
- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested his release from the team, a source informed of the situation told Rapoport.
- The Miami Dolphins are the front-runner to land free-agent wide receiver Albert Wilson, but his situation is still fluid, Rapoport reported. Miami is also releasing linebacker Lawrence Timmons, Rapoport reported.
- The Washington Redskins announced they re-signed kicker Dustin Hopkins. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
- The Chicago Bears announced they have re-signed offensive lineman Bradley Sowell to a two-year contract.
More defensive back news: Rapoport reported, per a source, that Seattle has extended a second-round restricted free agent tender to cornerback Justin Coleman.
- The Denver Broncos have placed a second-round tender on restricted free-agent center Matt Paradis, a source told NFL Network's James Palmer.
- Veteran safety Lardarius Webb and the Baltimore Ravens have parted ways, the defensive back announced on Twitter.
The Ravens have also re-signed offensive lineman James Hurst to a four-year deal worth $17.5 million, a source told Rapoport. He will receive $8 million guaranteed, Rapoport added.
- The Minnesota Vikings have placed a second-round tender on offensive lineman Nick Easton, Pelissero reported.
- The New York Giants have re-signed linebacker Mark Herzlich and guard Jon Halapio, the team announced.