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Cardinals acquire Adrian Peterson

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New Orleans Saints experiment with running back Adrian Peterson is over. His former employer has traded him to the Arizona Cardinals.

In exchange for Peterson, the Saints are acquiring a conditional draft pick.

Adrian Peterson (Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson (Getty Images)

Peterson was the third-string running back with the Saints. The emergence of rookie running back Alvin Kamara hurt Peterson’s chances of being a factor for the Saints behind Mark Ingram.

During the team’s bye week, his former running back coach Joel Thomas said the team was going to work Peterson more into the action. In his last game with the team, a blowout win over the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, England, he had just six snaps.

While Thomas may have said that, this move makes sense both teams. The Cardinals now get a workhorse, which they lost when David Johnson went down for an injury.

Peterson, who signed a one-year deal with the Saints in the off-season after very little interest in free agency, was not a good fit for the team. The Cardinals are hoping that he can help jump-start their struggling running game.

The Cardinals have a bad offensive line, which would make sense for them to continue to be a pass-heavy attack moving forward. Arizona is averaging a league-worst 51.8 rushing yards per game.

Chris Johnson leads the Cardinals attack with a 114 yards. Kerwynn Williams, who has 32 rushing yards, has the team’s lone rushing yardage touchdown.

In four games with the Saints, Peterson had 27 carries and 81 rushing yards. He also had two receptions for four yards.

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