The Arizona Cardinals have made a trade as they try and find their way in 2017.
Trade! The New Orleans Saints have traded Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional pick per sources— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 10, 2017
The Arizona Cardinals have traded a conditional pick for Adrian Peterson.
This was not a move on many peoples radar:
I'll admit, I didn't see this coming. https://t.co/XZExs7qTgV— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 10, 2017
Peterson has struggled the last two seasons, one with the Minnesota Vikings and then through four games with the New Orleans Saints.
In 2016 Peterson averaged 1.9 yards per carry while only averaging 3 yards per carry in limited touches with the Saints this season.
It is a move that makes sense for both sides though.
The Cardinals desperately need someone to jump start their moribund rushing attack, while Peterson needs carries to show whether or not he can still play.
The Cardinals will be able to provide that for Peterson, as he will get a shot at taking the lead back role in Arizona, something he had no shot of in New Orleans.
Whether it works with the Cardinals struggling offensive line remains to be seen, but it is a cheap way to take a look at a player to see if there is anything left.