The Saints traded Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. ESPN’s Dianna Russini initially reported news of the transaction between the two teams. To make room for Peterson on the roster, Arizona released running back Chris Johnson.
Trade! The New Orleans Saints have traded Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional pick per sources
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 10, 2017
New Orleans Saints Trade Adrian Peterson to Arizona Cardinals
Peterson saw limited reps in the Saints running game over the first four games of the season. His 81 rushing yards in that span put him third on the team behind Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. It’s led to Peterson demonstrating visible frustration, perhaps most notably during the Saints’ season-opener with his now viral death stare at head coach Sean Payton.
The 32-year-old future Hall of Famer joins a Cardinals backfield in desperate need of a spark. They currently rank dead last in the NFL, averaging a paltry 51.8 yards per game which is 23 yards less than the Miami Dolphins who are second worst. Neither Johnson, Andre Ellington nor Kerwynn Williams have emerged to fill the void left after David Johnson injured his wrist in week one.
Scheme fit may have played a part in the seven-time Pro Bowler’s inability to break through in New Orleans. Payton’s offense is more suited to elusive hybrid backs such as Kamara rather than more physical, downhill runners like Peterson. The more old school, West Coast offense Bruce Arians runs in Arizona with the quarterback commonly behind center in a single set backfield should suit Peterson.
The first chance for Peterson to contribute in Arizona’s run game comes this coming Sunday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to town. Proceedings from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ get underway at 4:05 ET, with FOX providing television coverage.