Earlier today the New Orleans Saints pulled off a shocking trade by sending RB Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick. The news was first reported by Dianna Russini of ESPN. New Orleans signed Peterson to a 2 year/$7M deal that included $2.5M signing bonus during the off-season.
According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the main reason why the Saints traded Peterson was the teams feeling on rookie RB Alvin Kamara. Over the weekend, Schefter also reported that multiple teams thought that the Saints would make Peterson available for trade before the upcoming trade deadline approached.
“I’m so ecstatic,” Peterson told Stacey Dales of NFL Media of the trade to Arizona.
The Cardinals are in desperate need of a RB, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry since David Johnson went down with a dislocated wrist, and are last in the league in total rushing yards (259), and yards per carry (2.59). Peterson has totaled 11,827 rushing yards and 97 TDs in his 11 year career.
The 32 year old Adrian Peterson rushed for only 81 yards on 27 carries in 4 games with New Orleans this season. Peterson was overshadowed behind Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in the Saints backfield, both combined for 131 scrimmage yards per game. In his first game with the Saints, Peterson rushed for only 28 yards against his former team.
Peterson now joins an aging offense with 37 year old QB Carson Palmer and 34 year old WR Larry Fitzgerald. He now joins a backfield that consists of Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams, Elijhaa Penny, and DJ Foster. Peterson, who hasn’t scored a TD since week 17 of the 2015 season, will look to rejuvenate his career in Arizona. Arizona, down David Johnson, is the perfect spot for Peterson to get his featured role he’s been looking for.
To make room for Peterson, the Cardinals released RB Chris Johnson after signing him on September 12th. This marks the end to Johnson’s 2nd stint with Arizona this season.