Preseason is in full swing, and the 2018 NFL season is just weeks away. Excitement is already running around as people look forward to the cooling temperatures of fall and the football that comes along with it.
With the season about to begin, the Washington Redskins made a move to bring back one of the top running backs. The Redskins signed Adrian Peterson to a one year contract valued at just over $1 million for the season. Adrian Peterson’s net worth currently sits at $30 million.
Once touted as the most talented running back in the NFL, Peterson has struggled to find his place since a series of injuries. The former Minnesota Viking was drafted seventh overall in the 2007 NFL draft. He would go on to sign a rookie contract worth $40 million over a five year period.
In each of his first four seasons in the NFL, Peterson rushed for at least 1,250 yards and ten touchdowns each season. Because of his performances, he ended up signing an extension in 2011 for $86 million over six seasons.
Adrian Peterson has rushed for over 12,000 career yards and 99 touchdowns through his eleven NFL seasons. Some wonder what those numbers could be had it not been for a series of unfortunate events.
Peterson played in one game during the 2014 NFL season where he rushed for 75 yards. After reports of child abuse emerged about Adrian, he would end up sitting out the remainder of the season. Determined to make a strong comeback, Peterson didn’t disappoint during the 2015 campaign. During 2015, Peterson rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and added 11 touchdowns.
Although he earned roughly $12 million in cash during the 2016 season, Peterson’s on the field efforts were again cut short. This time due to a knee injury. He played sparingly in three games during the season. However, this amount of money earned definitely gave rise to Adrian Peterson’s net worth.
While many believe that Adrian Peterson’s career is coming to an end, you can’t dispute the fact that he is one of the best backs to ever play. He is also one of the richest. His career on the field earnings are close to $100 million. The most of any running back to date! Although the $1 million in salary for the 2018 season won’t raise Adrian Peterson’s net worth that much, it’s his love for the game that keeps him playing. Will another contract await Peterson after this season? Only time will tell.
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James Hendrickson is an internet entrepreneur, blogging junky, hunter and personal finance geek. When he’s not lurking in coffee shops in Portland, Oregon, you’ll find him in the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors. James has a masters degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelors degree on Sociology from Earlham College. He loves individual stocks, bonds and precious metals.