LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed running back Adrian Peterson to a multi-year contract. Full terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Peterson (6-2, 220), a 13-year NFL veteran, entered the league after being selected in the first round (No. 7 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He spent 10 seasons with the Vikings from 2007-16. In 2017, he played for the Arizona Cardinals after opening the regular season with the New Orleans Saints.
Last season, Peterson started all 16 games in which he appeared. He rushed for 1,042 yards (4.2 avg.) on 251 attempts and seven touchdowns. He became the first Redskins running back to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season since Alfred Morris rushed for 1,074 yards following the 2014 campaign.
For his career, Peterson has appeared in 149 regular season games with 139 starts. He has totaled 13,318 rushing yards (4.7 avg.) on 2,825 attempts and 106 touchdowns. In addition, he has recorded 272 receptions for 2,223 yards and six touchdown receptions.
He has rushed for at least 100 yards in 54 games. He has also eclipsed the 200-yard mark in six games in his career and is tied for an NFL record with Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson. He currently ranks fourth on the NFL's all-time list in yards per game (89.4), eighth all-time in career rushing yards (13,318) and is tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns (106).
Peterson has been selected to seven NFL Pro Bowls and was the 2012 NFL MVP. In 2012, he rushed for a single-season career high of 2,097 yards (6.03 avg.) on 348 carries and 12 touchdowns. His total yards rushing in 2012 currently ranks second all-time in NFL history.
Peterson played collegiately at Oklahoma, where he played in 31 games and rushed for 4,041 yards (5.4 avg.) on 748 attempts and 41 touchdowns. He was a three-time All Big 12 first-team honoree and was an AP First Team All-American in 2004.
Peterson, 33, attended Palestine (Texas) H.S., where he was the consensus National Player of the Year and was named to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl. He was born March 21, 1985.