The open market hasn’t been too kind to running backs this season. Even proven stars like Melvin Gordon had to wait before receiving a strong offer.
Fortunately for Peyton Barber, the former Auburn product has found a new home. After spending four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he’ll be heading elsewhere.
According to ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler, the Washington Redskins are signing Barber to a two-year deal. He’ll enter a crowded backfield that features Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice.
Barber wasn’t nearly as productive this past season as he was back in 2018, when he finished with 871 rushing yards and six total touchdowns. It seems like he was never a great fit in Bruce Arians’ offense.
Peyton Barber to the Redskins on a two-year deal, per source. Bucs’ 2018 leading rusher enters Washington fray.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 24, 2020
Josina Anderson is reporting that Barber’s deal will be worth $3 million with $600,000 in guaranteed money. He posted a cool message on Instagram following the news.
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“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr.Seuss I cannot thank the bucs organization and fans enough for the past 4 years of love and support that i’ve received. I came in as a young rookie and am leaving as veteran. God sure has a funny sense of humor. I look forward to being apart of the redskins family and seeing what the future holds next for me. Phil 3:13-14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
This past season, Barber had 470 rushing yards, 115 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns.
It’s going to be worth monitoring how Washington figures out its backfield for the 2020 season. At this point, it seems like Ron River will be using a running back by committee approach.
Peterson led the Redskins in rushing this past season, but he’ll have competition for the starting job this offseason.