In recent NFL news, Adrian Peterson signs with Detroit Lions. Future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson wasn’t a free agent for very long, announcing that he has signed a deal with the Detroit Lions a few days after he was released by Washington.
According to reports, Peterson is signing a one-year, $1.05 million contract that includes incentives. The move to Detroit reunites Peterson with his former offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings, Darrell Bevell. However, there are no guarantees that he will get a lot of carries in a crowded backfield that includes Kerryon Johnson, last year’s starter, and 2020 second-round pick D’Andre Swift.
“We always want a stable of backs,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn said in April after the team drafted Swift. “I think I’ve said that for a long time. You can count on one hand how many backs kind of carry the load. There’s not a lot of those guys walking around.
“I think we always need multiple backs. It’s a position where guys get hit. They take a pounding. So we’ve just got to make sure we have good depth and guys that can go out there and make plays for us.”
Adrian Peterson Signs With Detroit Lions in Recent NFL News
“They’re giving me an opportunity to play,” Peterson, 35, told Anderson. “I know Coach Bevell from my days in Minnesota. Ultimately I feel comfortable going there and helping them to get better.”
After his release, Peterson said he was surprised by Washington’s decision and “without a doubt” wanted to continue playing. He added that based on what he showed in training camp, he can still contribute.
“We’ll see what happens. … Every new chapter is a blessing,” Peterson said. “Whatever comes next, I’ll be blessed to attack it. I can’t be down on myself. I know it wasn’t because of my ability or inabilities to do something. It came down to those guys making their decision.”
Bevell and Peterson worked together in Minnesota from 2007 to 2010. During that time, Peterson rushed for at least 1,298 yards and 10 touchdowns each season. He also made the Pro Bowl all four seasons they were together. Be sure to check back here for all recent NFL news.