Saints Trade Adrian Peterson To Cardinals For Conditional Pick
Adrian Peterson is being traded by the New Orleans Saints to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick, according to a ESPN reporter Dianna Russini.
Peterson, 32, signed a two-year deal with the Saints last summer.
As a future first ballot Hall of Famer, Peterson stated many times he felt he had a lot left in the tank. Whether he does or not remains to be seen, but he never got to show it in New Orleans.
Sean Payton elected to use veteran Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara in the backfield for the bulk of offense snaps through the Saints first 4 games this season.
Peterson ends his time with the Saints with paltry numbers by his standards, rushing 27 times for 81 yards, and catching 2 receptions for 4 yards.
He was on pace for 116 touches this season, a major drop off from the 357 touches he had in 2015, his last healthy year in Minnesota.
The Cardinals are without starting running back David Johnson, who suffered a dislocated wrist in week 1. Arizona hopes Peterson's belief of having "a lot left in the tank" can help their struggling offense.
I wrote last week why the Saints should hold onto Peterson, as his value if an injury occurs would be much greater than a conditional draft pick, unless he was becoming an issue in the locker room.
The conditional draft pick can become a 6th rounder based on playing time and incentives, but no higher.