According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the New Orleans Saints have traded veteran running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
From the beginning, it was easy to tell that the Saints and Peterson were not a great match, as he was behind in rushing yards from both Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. Having signed a 2-year, $7 million deal last April, could Peterson now perhaps evolve as the face of the Cardinals backfield this season?
With the serious injury occurring to stud David Johnson, there is plenty of carries to go around in Arizona. The re-signing of Chris Johnson wasn’t be as productive as hoped, considering he was averaging a mere 2.5 yards per carry this season before being cut once again.
As a whole, the Cardinals roster ranks in last when it comes to rushing yards per game (51.8), and with with the addition of a three-time rushing leader, this is a deal in which the Cardinals could come away with a sneaky win.
The 32-year old hasn’t quite been the same since his productive 2015 campaign, a season in which he led the league rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns. While Peterson will likely take the backseat if Johnson is to return at some point late in the year, but this is an efficient trade for both sides.