Adrian Peterson team option exercised by Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

 

WASHINGTON (Ambush Sports) — The Washington Redskins announced Wednesday that they have opted to exercise the team option on veteran running back Adrian Peterson’s contract for the 2020-21 season.

“Adrian Peterson is the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league,” Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “Adrian’s leadership and passion towards the game of football will set an example of what is expected of the players in this program moving forward.”

Peterson inked a two-year deal, which included a club option for one more season, in the previous offseason following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
Spotrac estimates that Peterson will earn a base salary of $2.25 million with an added bonus of $109,375 and will carry a $3.1 million salary-cap hit for the franchise.
ESPN reported that the team had previous communications with Peterson regarding their intention to pick up the option, but chose not to make it official until no later than 22 days before the kickoff of the new league year, which starts March 18.

“Going into this season, there’s so much more I can do and how I can help this team,” Peterson told ESPN. “My mentality is showing the Adrian Peterson of old and not just flashes, really showing, ‘Wow, this cat is on a whole different level.'”

Since joining the Redskins organization in 2018, Peterson has appeared in 31 of 32 games, recording 1,940 rushing yards and twelve touchdowns. Peterson is fifth overall in career rushing yards with 14,216 yards and fourth overall in rushing touchdowns with 111 TDs.

The 34-year-old Peterson needs 1,054 rushing yards to bypass Barry Sanders for number 4 in all-time rushing and 12 rushing TDs to take the three spot from Marcus Allen.

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