Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

The Washington Redskins Are Reportedly Signing Adrian Peterson

The Washington Redskins Are Reportedly Signing Adrian Peterson

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the team will host Adrian Peterson on Monday.

Peterson split last season between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. Peterson's last big season came in 2015, when he rushed for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Redskins have a need at running back after losing rookie second-round pick Derrius Guice to a torn ACL in his left knee in the team's preseason opener on August 9. While financial terms were not disclosed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported it is a one-year contract.

An afterthought in free agency after the Cardinals released him in March, Peterson has a prime opportunity to climb the depth chart in Washington.

Peterson was named a first-team All-Pro four times during his time with Minnesota. Washington could reap the benefits of a veteran player being overlooked because of age and injury history.

Jamaal Charles also met with Washington.

But Peterson says he still has superior abilities on the field - and won't be content as a player/coach.

The Redskins still have Chris Thompson as a pass-catching back, but need someone to help carry the load as a runner.

"We've had very [unlucky] situations with our running backs", Gruden explained. Peterson is tied for ninth in National Football League history with 99 rushing touchdowns, one behind Faulk and Shaun Alexander. "If something else happens, we are going be really, really, really thin".

"We want to get physicals on them just in case", Gruden said.

With an injury to David Johnson hitting Arizona in Week 1 of past year, Peterson looked like he could still carry the load right away in 2017.

The 33-year-old, who was the 2012 NFL MVP, sits second among active rushers in yards and attempts, behind Frank Gore. He underwent surgery in May to remove a stabilizing plate in his leg.

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