The Washington Redskins addressed their running back woes by adding a big-name veteran on Monday: seven-time Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson. AP spent the first 10 seasons of his National Football League career with the Minnesota Vikings but signed with the New Orleans Saints last off-season, although he only appeared in four games before being dealt to the Arizona Cardinals.
Peterson has signed a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum if $1.015 million with Washington, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN via John Keim, today. The Cardinals released the 33-year-old in March and he was cleared from a neck injury in the spring. Guice had been expected to play a critical role as a rookie in Washington's new-look offense.
Orleans Darkwa and Jamaal Charles have also been linked to the Redskins as they try to shore up their backfield. That necessitated signing Peterson and Smith, though coach Jay Gruden gave Kelley a vote of confidence on Sunday.
If this were 2008, 2012, or 2015, I'd suggest the Eagles and fans be nervous, but this Peterson is a shell of his once dominating self.
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The Redskins still have Chris Thompson as a pass-catching back, but need someone to help carry the load as a runner.
The Redskins are turning over a few stones in search of a healthy running back, and they have uncovered some options.
Peterson ranks 12th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 12,276 yards. If something else happens, we are going to be really, really, really thin. The injuries to Perine, Marshall and Carter create a potential opening for Peterson, who figures to contribute most on early downs and in goal-line work.
The change of scenery was just what Peterson needed, as he rushed for over 130 yards in two of his first three games with the Cardinals. He underwent surgery in May to remove a stabilizing plate in his leg.