As first reported by ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Saints have traded Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick. As recently as 2013, Peterson was ranked No. 1 in NFL Network's annual offseason ranking of the league's top 100 players.
Running back Adrian Peterson is headed to Arizona. Through four games, Peterson had just 81 yards on 27 carries for an average of 3 yards per carry, and no touchdowns.
Like most media outlets covering the Saints, Who Dat Dish posted articles questioning whether Peterson would ever be a fit in a Sean Payton system. This means the Cardinals will have to choose whether they want to pay Peterson's roster bonus in order to keep him on the roster for the 2018 season. Their most venerable current player, Larry Fitzgerald, continues to deny Father Time. Alvin Kamara's arrival made this an even easier decision.
Saints management confirmed the news Tuesday in a news release. Now, he would have to get used to splitting the ball three ways while playing in an offensive system that did not really suit him as an I-formation runner. It's more so in Peterson's case, as he always ran hard with every Vikings carry and also had to deal with major injury along the way.
Earlier in his career with Oklahoma, Peterson set a single-season rushing yardage record for the program when he rushed for 1.925 yards as a freshman in 2004. Then the season rolled around and Adrian Peterson wasn't getting the touches. They took tackle Levi Brown instead, something fans lamented for years.
His rushing yardage total ranks 16th all-time and second among active National Football League players, while his rushing touchdown total is ranked tenth all-time and first among active players. Down David Johnson, the Arizona Cardinals are desperate for a spark on the ground.