Adrian Peterson, who turns 34 next week, gets two-year deal from Washington

Last August, it seemed that Adrian Peterson might be fading into retirement.

He spent the whole offseason unsigned, before the Washington Redskins had injury problems and were desperate.

Peterson had no such problems finding a team this year. Hours before free agency, Peterson and the Redskins agreed to a two-year, $8 million according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Peterson turns 34 years old on March 21.

Adrian Peterson had a surprising 1,000-yard season

If Peterson hadn’t found a team last year and never played again, he still would have walked into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But this chapter to his career adds to the legend. In 2017 he looked finished with the New Orleans Saints and then the Arizona Cardinals. He had a couple big games with the Cardinals but then the offseason came and he wasn’t signed.

Washington had a running back, rookie Derrius Guice, but he tore his ACL in a preseason game last August. The Redskins tried out some backs, signed Peterson, and Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards.

Peterson once came back from a torn ACL to rush for 2,000 yards and win NFL MVP, so rushing for 1,000 at age 33 when he seemed to be out of time in the NFL wasn’t his most impressive feat. But it was still pretty remarkable.

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WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns

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RB Le'Veon Bell

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

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QB Joe Flacco

Traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Denver Broncos

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

QB Case Keenum

Traded from the Denver Broncos to the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

WR Antonio Brown

Traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DE Trey Flowers

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OT Trent Brown

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Oakland Raiders

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WR Danny Amendola

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to join the Detroit Lions

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S Landon Collins

Left the New York Giants in free agency to sign with the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

WR DeSean Jackson

Traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Philadelphia Eagles 

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

OL Terrell Suggs

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to join the Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

RB Frank Gore

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to sign with the Buffalo Bills

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

QB Nick Foles

Left the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LB C.J. Mosley

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

WR Jamison Crowder

Left the Washington Redskins in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

TE Jesse James

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

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S Eric Weddle

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

RB Carlos Hyde

Left the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

DE Michael Bennett

Traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New England Patriots

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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What does Peterson have left?

According to Pro Football Reference only two players, Hall of Famers John Riggins and John Henry Johnson, have posted 1,000-yard seasons at age 34 or later. Riggins did it twice.

Peterson will be a Hall of Famer too, so it’s hard to rule out another big season. It’s a bit surprising Washington gave him a two-year deal, but he still looked like a capable back last year and he’s a physical marvel.

Whatever Peterson does this season and beyond, he has already beaten plenty of odds. Maybe he has even more to add to his NFL story.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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