Adrian Peterson trade is low-risk desperation for the Cardinals

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Well, the Adrian Peterson era didn’t last long in New Orleans. After four games and 81 rushing yards, the Saints have shipped off the free-agent signing to the Cardinals in exchange for a 2018 conditional sixth-round pick. It’s not hard to understand why both teams would be on board to make the deal.

The Saints might have known it was time to move on from the 32-year-old Peterson in Week 1, when he harangued coach Sean Payton on the sideline for not running the ball frequently enough in the middle of a 29-19 loss to the Vikings on Monday Night Football. Peterson’s role in the offense, despite Payton’s preseason claims to the contrary, has been murky at best. He has felt like a useless appendage in a Saints backfield that has been built around Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara.

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