Redskins sign RB Adrian Peterson, De’Veon Smith

Former Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) reacts during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct 15.Photo: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Peterson: "When this opportunity presented itself, I was just excited.”

Free agent running back Adrian Peterson worked out for the Washington Redskins on Monday, and he sigend with the Redskins later in the day, the team announced.

The Redskins also announced they signed free agent running back DeVeon Smith and waived tackle Cameron Jefferson as designated injured.

The Redskins needed immediate help at the running back position after a series of injuries at that spot. Derrius Guice suffered a season-ending torn ACL, and Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall suffered ankle injuries that sidelined them.

Im excited, Peterson said in a statement after the signing was announced. Its been a long offseason but Ive been keeping my body in shape and ready for this opportunity. So when this opportunity presented itself, I was just excited.

Peterson played in 10 games for the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals last year before a neck injury ended his season. He rushed for 81 yards in four games, including one start, for the Saints before being acquired by the Cardinals. He added 448 yards in six games, all as a starter, for Arizona.

He said during the offseason that he is completely healthy again, but there has been little interest in the 33-year-old Peterson.

Peterson rushed for a league-leading 1,485 yards for the Minnesota Vikings in 2015, when he was named All-Pro for a fourth time. However, he was limited to three games and 72 rushing yards in 2016 and was released by the Vikings in March 2017.

Peterson was named the league MVP in 2012, when he rushed for 2,097 yards. His 12,276 career rushing yards rank second among active players, behind only Frank Gore, and rank 12th alltime.

Smith played five games for the Miami Dolphins last season, recording three receptions for 27 yards. He did not have a rushing attempt.

Jefferson has never played in a regular-season NFL game.

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