The Arizona Cardinals made the trade they so badly needed in their backfield, they traded an undisclosed 2018 draft pick to the New Orleans Saints and in return got running back Adrian Peterson on Tuesday.
The Cardinals released running back Chris Johnson to make room for Peterson on the roster.
General manager for the Cardinals Steve Keim said in a statement: “We are always on the lookout for opportunities to improve our team and we look at this as one of those opportunities.” Adding: “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.”
As for the Saints, they will receive a conditional 2018 sixth-round pick from the Cardinals in compensation.
The Cardinals’ running game has suffered terribly since David Johnson suffered a fractured wrist back in Week 1. It’s no accident that Arizona is last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (51.8) and per carry (2.59).
Peterson, who is 32, had 27 carries for 81 yards, with an average of 3.0 yards per carry during his four games this season with the Saints.