Running back Adrian Peterson agreed Wednesday to re-sign with the Redskins on a new two-year, $8 million deal, according to reports.
"I am going back to the Redskins,” Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “It will be a two-year deal. I feel like we made some good moves to get to where we are trying to go."
Peterson, who will be 34 on March 21, had a career resurgence in his first season with the Redskins last fall, rushing for 1,042 yards – fifth most in the NFL – and seven touchdowns on 251 carries as the team’s focal point on offense. He also had 20 receptions for 208 yards and one touchdown.
Peterson did not sign with the team until late August, only after rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the season with a torn ACL. He told TMZ Sports in February that he plans on playing “maybe two or three more years.”
Peterson’s return provides a boost for the Redskins backfield, which will also feature Guice, as well as Chris Thompson, the team’s third-down back.
Peterson, a four-time first-team All-Pro and the NFL MVP in 2012, sits eighth on the NFL’s all-time rushing yards list with 13,318 yards. If he’s able to replicate his output from last season, he likely could be as high as fifth on the list by the end of the 2019 season. (Curtis Martin currently sits in fifth with 14,101 yards.)