In a trade that shocked the National Football League world on Tuesday, the New Orleans Saints shipped running back Adrian Peterson out west to the Arizona Cardinals.
Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara quickly established himself as a key player in the Saints offense and was named offensive rookie of the week following his 10 catch performance against the Dolphins.
"I think this was a win-win", Saints coach Sean Payton said.
"Adrian and I talk a ton each week".
Peterson agreed to a two-year, incentive-laden deal with the Saints about a week before the draft, which included only $3.5 million guaranteed, including a $2.5 million signing bonus that will still count for $1.25 million against the Saints' 2018 salary cap. Our relationship is fantastic. "It was an opportunity really where he was going to obviously get somewhere and be featured more".
In the end, Peterson became the odd man out. This is a awful hype video that blasts some loud music while Peterson slowly walks onto an empty Cardinals practice field.
Peterson added that he "wasn't pushing to be moved, but I'd be lying to say I didn't want a change of scenery".
Despite All Day carrying just 27 times for 81 yards through four games and spending the majority of his time on the sideline, Payton said he still believes Peterson can be a productive runner.
AP recounted his Hail Mary for a starting RB gig after Cardinals practice today - "Hey, God, I need you to answer this prayer for me".
Minneapolis-based Crown Bank says Peterson took out the loan in May 2016, but defaulted in October that year. "I know Arizona was short at this position".
Peterson is about to get the playing time he craves, and New Orleans now has a backfield picture that is far more clear than it was a couple of days ago.