Pete Carroll asked Adrian Peterson to consider coaching, but running back ‘wants to play’ for now

Running back Adrian Peterson’s future in the NFL is uncertain, but it appears he has no intention of quitting just yet, according to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

Carroll revealed Wednesday that he has spoken with Peterson about a possible transition to a coaching role. Carroll didn’t make it clear if he wants Peterson to join the Seahawks coaching staff specifically.

However, the 36-year-old running back is apparently not ready to quit playing just yet. Carroll said Peterson “wants to play” for now.

One of the reasons behind Carroll’s interest in making Peterson a coach is believed to be the recent success of Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny. With Peterson on the sidelines, Penny has had three 100-yard rushing games, which is the only three she’s had this season. In addition, Penny’s scored five touchdowns, the only five it has scored this season. While Peterson may not be the only person behind Penny’s success, it does help to have one of the best running backs of all time on the sidelines.

Peterson has played in four games this season, three with the Titans and one with the Seahawks. Peterson’s last game was on December 5 when the Seahawks beat the 49ers 30-23. Peterson has been dealing with a back injury ever since and was placed on the practice team’s disabled list on December 29, which means his 2021-22 season is over.

After Peterson’s 10-year career with the Vikings, he has played on six different teams. He has struggled to have a productive season since 2015 when he rushed for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns. This was also the last season the seven-time Pro Bowler was selected to the Pro Bowl. It was his penultimate year with Minnesota.

Peterson has only had a 1,000-yard rushing season since then, which came in 2018 with Washington. After his struggles with the Titans and Seahawks this season, his future in the NFL remains uncertain.

According to SpotracPeterson signed a one-year, $ 70,000 deal with the Seahawks when they signed him on their practice squad. So Peterson will become a free agent again this offseason after he turns 37.