Former Bucs RB Peyton Barber agrees to 2-year deal with Redskins
The Washington Redskins have a pretty crowded running back room. It looks like they aren’t at full capacity just yet though.
On Tuesday, the Redskins added yet another name. According to Jeremy Fowler and Josina Anderson (both of ESPN), Washington is signing free agent running back Peyton Barber to a two-year deal worth $3 million.
Peyton Barber to the Redskins on a two-year deal, per source. Bucs’ 2018 leading rusher enters Washington fray.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 24, 2020
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 24, 2020
The Redskins are certainly loaded at the position now.
They already boasted a unit that held Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice and Bryce Love. They also recently came to terms on a deal with running back J.D. McKissic as well.
Barber spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In that time, he flashed a lot of potential.
However, he never really put it all together, and has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in his career so far.
Despite that low number, Barber is a strong runner and does have 11 rushing touchdowns (13 total touchdowns) over the last two seasons. He’s also flashed a little bit more in the passing game over the last two seasons as well.
Peterson has been great for the Redskins over the last two years, but age will catch up to him at some point.
Meanwhile, Guice is clearly the future and looked amazing last season. He’s had serious injury problems, though, landing on injured reserve in 2019 with a knee injury. As such, Guice has played in just five games so far over the first two seasons of his career.
Love is an exciting prospect as well, but missed all of his rookie season working his way back from an injury of his own, so he’s a complete unknown.
That means Barber and McKissic could carve out nice roles on the team and end up being extremely important to Washington’s offense as they look to turn things around.
With Barber getting a two-year deal, the Redskins likely have a plan for him. He could be a nice compliment to Guice and fill in well for Peterson should his age and wear-and-tear become an issue.
Barber is still just 26 years old and could have a long career ahead of him. Maybe a change of scenery in Washington will do him well.