Having amassed a whopping 81 yards on 27 carries with the New Orleans Saints, running back Adrian Peterson has been dealt to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional pick, per ESPN’s Dianna Russini. New Orleans already has an established starter in Mark Ingram, plus rookie Alvin Kamara has impressed, while Peterson’s last game saw him rack up a grand total of 4 yards on 4 rushes.
Arizona is desperate for running back help due to the loss of David Johnson, who is potentially out until December after dislocating his wrist on opening day. The team brought back Chris Johnson, who is their leading rusher with 114 yards on 45 carries (2.6 YPC). (Update: Arizona cut Chris Johnson) Among the numerous issues that have led to a 2-3 start (with both wins coming in overtime), Arizona is dead-last in rush offense DVOA, nobody has had a run longer than 14 yards, and their offensive line woes have arguably been worse than anything the Seahawks have faced this year.
By the way, Peterson is six months older than Chris Johnson, so the Cardinals seriously traded for a running back who is both older and with a far more extensive injury history than their current starter. I’m sure this will work out fine.