Once one of the leagues premier runners during his brilliant eight-year career with the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota drafted Dalvin Cook out of Florida State and signed former Oakland Raiders tailback, Latavius Murray, which all but made Peterson expendable. NFL.com added that the Cardinals are sending back a conditional late-round pick to get Peterson. The 32-year-old running back hasn't been a factor for the Saints (2-2), so the Saints chose to go with their younger running backs and ship Peterson out to Arizona, where he is desperately needed.
Arizona is hoping Peterson, 32, still has some life left, despite his own decline, with the team off to a disappointing 2-3 start following Sunday's 38-7 thrashing by the Eagles.
The Vikings went 10-4 in those games.
Their first meeting will come in London on October 22, which will evidently be Peterson's second game across the pond this season.
Peterson's career-high rushing total for an National Football League season was 2,097 yards in 2012 with Minnesota.
These two backs couldn't be more different; Peterson, a remnant of the old guard when featured backs were given a hefty workload on a yearly basis, but without much impact as receivers, and Kamara, a versatile playmaker who benefited from light work in college. Johnson was re-signed by the club after Week 1 when star running back David Johnson sustained a wrist injury with his timeline for return uncertain.
Instead, the Cardinals are giving Peterson one last chance to shine, and they would benefit from it if he does even though it brings no path to a brighter long-term future. Further, if Peterson meets those statistics and the Cardinals make the playoffs, Peterson gets an additional $250,000 bonus. Meanwhile, Peterson had managed a meager 27 carries for 81 yards in New Orleans.
But the Saints locker room still had plenty of respect for Peterson, and several of his teammates in New Orleans posted farewells to the running back on Twitter after news of the trade broke on Tuesday.
Johnson hasn't been the same player in stints with the New York Jets and Cardinals since leaving the Titans, although he was effective to the tune of 814 rushing yards in 11 games for the Cards two seasons ago.