If it were up to him, 33-year-old Adrian Peterson wanted to go back home and play for the Houston Texans next season.
“Obviously, being back home would be awesome,” he told TMZ. “Houston has always been a team I’ve thought about.”
Peterson already has a palatial mansion in Houston area. He was also born in Palestine, TX just 150 miles away from Houston.
“Being back here at home where I work out every day. My family is here. My family is close,” he added. “My mom is here. Being around her a little more during this time [in my life] would be even more a cherry on top.”
Peterson was released because the Cardinals wanted to save on the salary cap, although he was just set to earn $1.05 million in salary this year in addition to $750,000 bonus that was supposed to be paid this month.
However, the 33-year-old spent much of his time last season on the injured reserved list. He missed the last games after a neck injury during the game against Jacksonville. In the six games he played for the Cardinals, he had 129 carries and 448 yards, along with two touchdowns.
The decision by Arizona to release Peterson was not surprising considering that the team really had no long-term plans for the running back. He was supposed to fill in for David Johnson, who was injured in Week 1 and provide relief for both Chris Johnson and Kerwynn Williams.
The trade with the Saints sending Peterson to Arizona seemed initially like a good investment as Peterson broke the 100-yard mark in his first two games. But he never hit that yardstick again prior to his nasty neck injury.
Peterson also praised the Texans for their defense, as well as their talented quarterback and their star running back DeAndre Hopkins. “It’s a lot of talent there,” he told TMZ.