The Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a conditional draft pick, according to ESPN.
The Cardinals have been seeking backfield help since David Johnson suffered a fractured wrist in Week 1. They re-signed Chris Johnson to team with Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington, but Arizona (2-3) is last in the NFL with 259 rushing yards and average yards per carry (2.59). In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released Chris Johnson to make room for Peterson, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Coach Bruce Arians has also pointed to injuries along the left side of the offensive line for contributing to the Cardinals’ running game issues. Chris Johnson is averaging 2.5 yards on 45 carries, while Williams is averaging 1.7 on 19 carries.
Peterson, 32, had just 27 carries for 81 yards in four games with the Saints. He signed a two-year, $7 million as a free agent after 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. However, he averaged just 3.0 yards per carry while struggling to earn a regular role in a ground game that includes Mark Ingram and versatile rookie Alvin Kamara, who have combined to average 131 yards from scrimmage per game.
Peterson needs 485 rushing yards to move into 10th place all-time in the NFL. He also needs three rushing touchdowns to become the third player to reach 100.
The draft pick the Cardinals are giving up is expected to be based on how well Peterson plays for the remainder of the season. He arrives in Arizona 10 years after the Cardinals passed on Peterson in the draft to select tackle Levi Brown with the fifth overall pick in 2007. The Vikings drafted Peterson two picks later.