Report: Redskins could agree to new deal with Adrian Peterson soon
Adrian Peterson’s late-career revival seems poised to continue with the same team it began. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer wrote over the weekend that the veteran running back could re-sign with the Washington Redskins as early as this week.
I wouldn’t rule out Adrian Peterson re-signing with the Redskins as soon as this week. A couple of teams have shown preliminary interest in the veteran who turns 34 later this month, which is what could push things along and get Jay Gruden and company some insurance for the returning Derrius Guice early in the offseason.
Reports surfaced in early February that Peterson and the Redskins had engaged in “preliminary” discussions on a new contract.
Washington signed the future Hall of Famer last August to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum. Peterson spent the 2017 season with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, the latter of which released him last spring after placing him on injured reserve with a neck injury.
The Redskins’ rushing attack last season figured to be led by rookie Derrius Guice, but the talented runner was lost for the season after tearing his ACL in his team’s preseason opener.
Conventional wisdom said Washington would struggle to replace Guice, but Peterson instead emerged as a viable workhorse running back.
The 33 year old exceeded even optimistic expectations with the Redskins, rushing for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
Peterson had five rushes of more than 20 yards, including a 90-yarder that made it clear he still has some of the burst that made him one of the league’s most dangerous playmakers for the better part of a decade.