Since being drafted in 2007, running back Adrian Peterson has earned $97.7 million in salary from his NFL career. That doesn’t include endorsements, but on the field, Peterson’s earnings triumph the rest of the league at his position.
But at this stage of Peterson’s career, the money isn’t what it once was for the 33-year-old.
Peterson will earn just $1.015 million — the league minimum for a veteran — with the Redskins this upcoming season after he signed with the team on Monday. ESPN reported the contract figure.
In the early Dan Snyder years, the Redskins owner was mocked for acquiring faded, high-profile veterans (Albert Haynesworth, Jason Taylor, Donovan McNabb to name a few) at a high price tag.
But signing Peterson shouldn’t be viewed in the same category — as his contract carries no risk to Washington. If Peterson, who rushed for 529 yards last season, is washed up, the Redskins can cut him without a cap penalty.
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