Per reports from ESPN’s Dianna Russini, running back Adrian Peterson has been traded from the New Orleans Saints to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Peterson has been frustrated during his short term in New Orleans. He has only carried the ball 27 times for 81 yards through the first four games of the season. Like hall of famer Emmitt Smith, Peterson is getting a chance to revitalize his career in Arizona. The 32-year-old will finally get another chance at being the lead running back.
The Cardinals have started sluggish at 2-3. Arizona is only averaging 2.6 yards per carry and have been desperately trying to find a new lead running back since the injury of pro bowler David Johnson. Chris Johnson is their leading rusher with 114 yards, followed by Andre Ellington with 49 yards. They rank last in the NFL in rushing yards, so they are hoping Peterson will rejuvenate their offense. Peterson only played in three games last year, but he is hoping to have another year like 2015 where we ran for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns.
As for the Saints, Peterson never quite fit in New Orleans. He was very limited in the offense, which showed in the Week 1 matchup against Minnesota where Peterson only played nine snaps against his former team on Monday Night Football. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have been the main running backs for Sean Payton and the offense in New Orleans. After numerous encounters on the sidelines between Payton and Peterson, the Saints had enough, and were willing to trade him away for just a conditional draft pick. With the distraction of Peterson and Payton no longer an issue, quarterback Drew Brees will lead his team and hope to make a playoff push.