Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agent running back Peyton Barber is signing with the Washington Redskins on a two-year deal worth $3 million ($600,000 guaranteed), according to a Tuesday afternoon report by Josina Anderson of ESPN. Barber, 26, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Bucs from 2016-19 and took 551 carries for 1,987 yards (3.6 average) for 15 touchdowns in 63 games (28 starts).
He attempted 154 rushes for 470 yards (3.1 average) and a single-season career-high six touchdowns in 16 games (seven starts) with Tampa Bay in 2019. The year prior, the 5-foot-11, 225-pound Barber started all 16 games for the Bucs, taking a single-season career-high 234 rushes for 871 yards (3.7 average) and five touchdowns in 2018.
With the Redskins, Barber joins 13th-year veteran Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey and fourth-year pro Authentic Josh Ferguson Jersey in Washington’s active backfield. As the Redskins went 3-13, Peterson led Washington’s offense on the ground with 211 carries for 898 yards (4.3 average) and five touchdowns. Ferguson attempted three rushes for nine yards (3.0 average).
The second-year duo of Authentic Derrius Guice Jersey and Authentic Bryce Love Jersey fill out the Redskins’ running backs. Guice received 42 touches for 245 yards (5.8 average) and two touchdowns before he was placed Dec. 10 on Injured Reserve with a sprained left MCL. Love is on the active/non-football injury list after missing the 2019 season with a knee ailment.
Through his first two seasons in Tampa Bay from 2016-17, he rushed 163 times for 646 yards (4.0 average) and four touchdowns over 31 games (five starts). The Bucs signed Barber after the former Auburn star went unselected through the 2016 NFL Draft.
In 18 games with the Tigers from 2014-15, Barber took 248 carries for 1,071 yards (4.3 average) and 13 touchdowns. He saw the bulk of his production as a third-year sophomore in 2015, attempting 238 rushes for 1,017 yards (4.3 average) and 13 touchdowns through 13 games.
“Auburn is a special place and having the opportunity to play football at Auburn has been a dream come true,” Barber said when he announced his draft declaration Jan. 18, 2016. “I am close to graduating, so I will continue to work toward my degree. I would like to thank all of my coaches and all of the support staff at Auburn, especially Coach Malzahn, Coach Lashlee and Coach Horton. Thank you to all of my teammates as well. Lastly, thank you to the best fans in the world! I will always be an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle!”
A three-star recruit out of Milton (Ga.) High, Barber chose Auburn over Ole Miss, Tennessee and UCLA, among others on his offer list. He was the 247Sports Composite’s No. 482 overall prospect, No. 30 running back and No. 42 player in Georgia for the 2013 recruiting class.
“Barber was slowed by injury during his junior season, but he bounced back strong as a senior,” 247Sports’ evaluation of Barber in high school said. “He is a big back that has good balance and very good feet. He can sidestep would-be tacklers or run through them due to his size, strength, and power. He may not be a burner, but he has good short space quickness. A hidden strength of his is how he catches the ball. He can be productive in numerous ways on the next level.”