NFL free agency rumors: Bears could be interested in signing Adrian Peterson

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The Bears could be looking to add a new running back.

If Washington doesn’t retain Adrian Peterson, Chicago might be interested in making a play on the 2012 MVP, according to an NFL Network report.

Teams reportedly have interest in trading for Chicago’s young running back Jordan Howard, who will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Howard’s perceived value and the free agency market are expected to impact the Bears’ effort to add new personnel to their backfield.

Peterson, 33, signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Redskins last season. He rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns on 251 carries, which was his best rushing total since he ran for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Vikings in 2015.

Chicago posted a 12-4 season and won the NFC North last year, but ended its playoff run with a 16-15 loss to Philadelphia in the wild-card round.

The Bears ranked 11th in the NFL in rushing yards.