Adrian Peterson signs with the Detroit Lions

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Free agent running back Adrian Peterson has signed with the Detroit Lions. He has signed a one-year deal with the team.

Peterson will make $1.05 million for the 2020 season. He could earn up to $2.3 million if he reaches the additional $1.25 million in incentives.

Former Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson breaks a tackle by David Irving against the Dallas Cowboys
Adrian Peterson breaks a tackle by David Irving against the Dallas Cowboys (Getty Images)

He was just released by the Washington Football Team on Friday. It was a surprise that he was cut by the former Washington Redskins team, as he played in 31 of 32 games over two seasons for the team.

However, defecto GM and head coach Ron Rivera wanted to go in a different direction, which led to his release. Following his release, there were at least three teams inquiring for his services.

The veteran elected not to sign with a contender. The Lions have not made the playoffs since the 2016 season.

With the Lions, he will be asked to mentor Kerryon Johnson, who led the team in rushing the last two seasons.

In half a season, Johnson led the team with 403 yards on 113 carries. He also had three touchdowns.

Bo Scarbrough was next with 377 yards in six games. No other Lions running back had more than 300 yards on the season in 2019.

The 35-year-old is one of the oldest running backs in the NFL. New York Jets running back Frank Gore is the oldest back in the league at 37.

Peterson, who has been in the league since 2007, has been a seven-time Pro Bowler in his career. In two seasons with the Washington Football Team, he has had nearly 2,000 yards.

He appeared in 15 games, including 15 starts in 2019. He had 211 carries for 898 yards and five touchdowns.

Peterson also had 17 receptions for 142 yards.

In his career, he has made 164 appearances, including 154 starts. He has had 3,036 carries for 14,216 yards and 111 touchdowns.

Peterson has had 289 receptions for 2,365 yards and six touchdowns.

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