The Washington Redskins Are Reportedly Signing Adrian Peterson

Dean Simpson
August 21, 2018

The team announced the deal Monday after meeting with Peterson. "I'm down for working out or whatever I have to do to make the team", Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Sunday night.

The Washington Redskins have signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson, according to's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.

Running back Adrian Peterson is set to join the Redskins.

The Redskins lost potential starter Derrius Guice for the season when the second-round pick tore his ACL in the team's preseason opener and backups Samaje Perine and Byron Mashall are both now sidelined with ankle injuries.

But with Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall out with ankle injuries, Washington needed backfield insurance.

Despite only rushing for 601 yards and appearing in just 13 games over the last two seasons, Peterson clearly thinks he can still be a valuable asset to some team in the league this year. He's the second-leading active rusher (12,276 yards) behind Miami's Frank Gore and needs only 4 yards to pass Marshall Faulk and 37 to pass Jim Brown on the all-time rushing list.

The organization also hosted former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and former New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa for workouts but didn't sign either player.

Washington's running back depth has been gutted this preseason.

Peterson stated that he's back to full health after recovering from a neck injury previous year. He was traded after just four games with the New Orleans Saints, as he was reportedly unhappy with a smaller role next to Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. He had two games in which he ran for 134 yards and 159 yards, respectively. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl RB and four-time All-Pro. That means Jay Gruden is looking at Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs two weeks before the regular season-hence the veteran tryouts. He's rushed for a career 12,276 yards and 99 touchdowns.

"I don't understand the stigma when people get 31, 32, 33 - they somehow just slow down", Williams said Sunday, via the Washington Times.

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