October 17, 2017
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The New Orleans Saints have traded running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals. USA TODAY Sports/ Jeremy Brevard

Cardinals Acquire Saints RB Adrian Peterson Through Trade

The Arizona Cardinals acquired New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson through a trade on Tuesday, both teams announced.

The Cardinals reportedly sent a conditional 2018 sixth-round draft selection to the New Orleans for the seven-time Pro Bowl running back and released veteran running back Chris Johnson following the trade, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Peterson joins a list of dynamic running backs to play in the desert late their careers, joining players like Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, four-time Pro Bowler Edgerrin James, and former NFL rushing leader Chris Johnson.

The 11-year veteran struggled to find a role in New Orleans’ crowded backfield and was averaging just three yards per carry on 27 attempts.

“We are always on the lookout for opportunities to improve our team and we look at this as one of those opportunities,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said, via Arizona’s team website. “What Adrian has accomplished in this league is well-established. Our need for a spark in our running game right now is also obvious and we are excited to give him the chance to provide that.”

The Cardinals lost star running back David Johnson to a dislocated wrist in Week 1 and have struggled to find any rhythm with their ground game, ranking dead last in the league in terms of yards.

Johnson is still expected to return from injured reserve this season, but Arizona is hoping Peterson can provide a spark for the offense, as they look to contend in the NFC West.

The Cardinals (2-3) sit one game behind both the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams (3-2) in the division entering Week 6.

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