When the Arizona Cardinals suffered the loss of their best offensive player, superstar running back David Johnson, to a fractured wrist in Week 1 of the season, we all knew their run game was going to suffer. They tried to address the issue by resigning Chris Johnson to play alongside other running backs Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington, but considering the fact that Arizona is dead last in the NFL in rushing yards through 5 weeks, it’s safe to say that it hasn’t paid off.
The Cardinals front office made another move Tuesday in an attempt to fix their backfield by trading a conditional draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson is largely considered to be one of the greatest running backs of his generation, but at 32-years-old he’s on the very tail end of his Hall of Fame career. However, in a Saints backfield that also featured Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, AP has had the worst season of his 11 years in the NFL, rushing for 87 yards on a measly 27 carries, an average of 3.0 yards per carry.
The trade to the Cardinals should give Peterson the opportunity to increase his numbers on the season. If he rushes for 485 more yards, he’ll make it to 10th on the all time list. With 3 more touchdowns, he would become the ninth player to reach the end zone 100 times. It’ll be really interesting to see how Peterson being teamed up with 37-year-old quarterback Carson Palmer and fellow future Hall of Famer wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will change Arizona’s offensive attack.