Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

Adrian Peterson has a half-million reasons to…

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Adrian Peterson has a half-million reasons to...


ASHBURN, Va. — There’s all sorts of reasons for Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson to want to surpass 1,000 yards rushing once again. It would further etch his name in history. It would prove what he can still do on the field as he approaches 35 years old.

And it would also allow him to make another half-million dollars.

With Derrius Guice sidelined because of another knee injury, the Redskins will lean even more on Peterson, which could be good for his pocketbook. If he rushes for 1,000 yards this season, Peterson will collect a $500,000 bonus. He needs 282 yards with three games remaining.

“It’ll happen,” he said.

Peterson rushed for 1,072 yards last season at age 33 — making him the oldest player since John Riggins cracked that mark in 1984 at age 35. But there was no bonus for Peterson last season. Instead, it earned him another two-year deal with Washington. And this season has fueled his desire to stick around a while.

His future will be determined, in part, by Washington’s next coach. Regardless, Peterson remains motivated.

“I’m going to keep going,” said Peterson, whose base salary is $1.03 million. “My body is feeling good. I’m still loving the game. Obviously I can still play and perform at a high level. Why walk away from it now? So, I’m going to keep going.”

Interim coach Bill Callahan said: “If you talk with him, he’ll play until he’s 40 years old. As long as he keeps producing, I don’t see why he can’t continue to play.”

Peterson, whose base salary is $2.25 million next season, signed a deal worth up to $8 million last offseason, loaded with incentives. But the most lucrative was rushing for 1,000 yards, which would be hard to do with a healthy Guice. But Guice tore his meniscus in the season opener, paving the way for Peterson to resume his role as a No. 1 back.

When Guice returned in Week 11, he and Peterson split the work. That could have ended his pursuit for 1,000 yards, but Peterson has another shot. His line let him know they wanted him to hit 1,000.

“Those guys up front were talking about it, ‘282.’ I heard another guy say, ‘282.’ I said, OK and I put it together,” Peterson said. “They definitely want me to get there, so it’ll happen.”

They also have taken notice of the potential payoff.

“That’s another reason,” center Chase Roullier said. “You’re always trying to help your teammates out with that, too.”

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