If Washington fans need any more convincing that they're not dreaming of the former NFL Most Valuable Player now being a member of the Redskins, here's a photo of the running back donning the team's threads.
Peterson, 33, will visit with the team on Monday, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. During his senior year, Trent Williams, a freshman at the time, blocked for him as a right tackle for half of the season in which Peterson averaged 5.4 yards per carry.
Peterson has amassed 12,276 rushing yards in his career and rushed for a career-high 2,097 during his MVP season in 2012.
Coach Jay Gruden said the team isn't looking for a starter, as that job belongs to Rob Kelley.
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The Redskins are turning over a few stones in search of a healthy running back, and they have uncovered some options.
Peterson has signed a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum if $1.015 million with Washington, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN via John Keim, today.
But with Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall out with ankle injuries, Washington needed backfield insurance. Perine (7.6 yards per attempt) and Kapri Bibbs (6.0) have been the standout performers, and the team is hopeful that Chris Thompson - who has been held out of action to date - will return to the third-down role he excelled at last season before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury.
"I'm super excited", Williams said of Peterson signing. In six games with the Cards, Peterson had two games in which he rushed for 293 yards but combined for just 155 in the other four games. He had two games in which he ran for 134 yards and 159 yards, respectively.
The Redskins, though, were unhappy with their 28th-ranked rushing attack last season. Doing that would land Peterson in the top 10 all time, and he's one rushing TD away from an even 100 for his career.