Adrian Peter­son traded from Saints to Car­di­nals

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

(TNS) — Adrian Peter­son’s sea­son took an­other sharp turn Tues­day when the former Vik­ing was traded from the New Or­leans Saints to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals, sources told ESPN.com. NFL.com added that the Car­di­nals are send­ing back a con­di­tional late-round pick to get Peter­son.

The Car­di­nals lost stand­out back David John­son in Week 1 after he frac­tured his wrist and it has been a strug­gle for them since. Mean­while, Peter­son had man­aged a mea­ger 27 car­ries for 81 yards in New Or­leans.

He’d signed a two-year con­tract with New Or­leans, with hopes of start­ing anew after a decade with the Vik­ings ended last sea­son with 37 car­ries for 72 yards fol­low­ing an early-sea­son knee surgery.

His first game as a Saint was against the Vik­ings and he fin­ished with six car­ries for 18 yards. Tele­vi­sion cam­eras cap­tured him scowl­ing at Saints coach Sean Pay­ton, al­though Peter­son in­sisted then that there was no an­i­mos­ity be­tween them in that mo­ment.

He later con­ceded that things weren’t go­ing as planned in a run­ning backby-com­mit­tee with rookie Alvin Ka­mara and veteran Mark In­gram.

“I didn’t sign up for nine snaps, though. But un­for­tu­nately that’s the way the game played out,” Peter­son said the week after the Vik­ings game.

Peter­son, 32, is now try­ing to make the most of the fi­nal years of his ca­reer. He’d be­come a one-di­men­sional back in Min­nesota and a plan to re­place him was set in place with the free agency sign­ing of Latavius Mur­ray, fol­lowed by the Vik­ings draft­ing Dalvin Cook.

Cook is out for the year with a torn ACL and there was some spec­u­la­tion that the Vik­ings might con­sider reach­ing back for Peter­son, but that sce­nario was un­likely from the very be­gin­ning.

The trade did come, how­ever, it is to a ros­ter that is not for­eign to veteran tal­ent. Re­ceiver Larry Fitzger­ald is 34 years old and quar­ter­back Car­son Palmer is 37.

Now they add a fu­ture Hall of Famer in Peter­son, who has 11,828 ca­reer rush­ing yards.

TNS PHOTO

Run­ning back Adrian Peter­son (28) was traded from the New Or­leans Saints to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals on Tues­day.

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