Adrian Peterson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions, two days after the 35-year-old running back was released by the Washington Football Team.
Peterson has rushed for 14,216 yards in 13 seasons in the NFL, needing a further 1,054 yards to overtake Lions legend Barry Sanders for fourth on the all-time NFL rushing list.
Peterson rushed for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns over two seasons with Washington, playing in 31 games. His 898 yards in 2019 would have led the Lions in any of the past six seasons.
The Lions have struggled recently to develop a consistent running game. Second-round draft pick from 2018, Kerryon Johnson, has shown promise but has dealt with injury problems – he led the team last season with only 403 yards rushing.
Peterson, who has previously stated he intends to play at least another four years, will make a base salary of $1.05 million and can earn up to $1.25M in incentives, upping the total amount to a max of $2.3M, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The Lions also announced on Sunday that they have put cornerback Mike Ford on injured reserve and signed offensive lineman Oday Aboushi.
Detroit open their season against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. They face Washington on November 15.