The Redskins running back room, which had appeared to be full, just got a bit more crowded.
Washington has reportedly signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber to a two-year deal worth $3 million, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
After going undrafted in 2016 out of Auburn, Barber signed with the Buccaneers. After being released during final roster cuts, Barber was brought back on the practice squad a day later. Just a week or so after that, Barber was promoted to the active roster in September and played in 15 games as a rookie. The running back has played in all 48 games over the past three seasons and was Tampa Bay's leading rusher in 2018 with a career-high 871 yards on the ground. A season ago, he split carries with Ronald Jones, and saw his numbers drop significantly.
Barber is the second running back the Redskins have signed during free agency. The Burgundy and Gold added former Detriot Lions pass-catching back J.D. McKissic last week on a two-year deal as well.
With the addition of Barber, the Redskins currently have five running backs on their roster: Barber, McKissic, Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, and Bryce Love.
Most teams only carry four at the position, meaning one will likely be cut during final roster cuts in September. Peterson, a future Hall of Famer, is almost certainly a lock to make the roster. Even at age 35, he's been the Redskins leading rusher the past two seasons and topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2018.
Guice, a rising third-year back, has shown promise when on the field but only played in five of a possible 32 games due to multiple injuries. Does this signing show that the new Redskins regime doesn't trust him to stay healthy? Only time will tell.
Love was the Redskins fourth-round pick a season ago, but has yet to play a snap while recovering from a knee injury he suffered at Stanford in 2018. It's worth wondering what type of role he will have in 2020 with the Redskins, if one at all.
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