Redskins are bringing back Adrian Peterson for 2020 season

Chris Lingebach
February 19, 2020 - 12:52 pm

The Redskins announced on Wednesday they have exercised their 2020 club option on running back Adrian Peterson's contract.

Peterson, who turns 35 in March, is reportedly set to earn $3.1 million – with $2.25 million in base salary – on that option.

Peterson rushed for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the Redskins in 2019, surpassing Walter Payton to become fourth all-time in NFL rushing touchdowns with 111. He also moved into 13th place all-time with 117 total touchdowns, passing Antonio Gates and Redskins great John Riggins in his 13th NFL season.

Peterson is now the fifth all-time leading rusher with 14,216 yards, trailing only Barry Sanders, Frank Gore, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith.

"Adrian Peterson is the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league," said Redskins coach Ron Rivera. "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."

Rivera has made changing the Redskins' culture his number one priority since taking over as head coach last month. It's clear he views Peterson – the NFL's 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award recipient – and his leadership as essential to that cause. Peterson was also awarded the Good Guy award by local media, given to the one Redskins player who treated the media with respect, professionalism and went above and beyond to help them do their job.

Peterson is a seven-time Pro Bowler, a four-time First Team All Pro and NFL MVP in 2012. He's rushed for 1940 yards and 12 touchdowns, with 37 catches for 350 receiving yards and one touchdown over two seasons in Washington.