Can Adrian Peterson find his groove in the Desert?


He isn't even the first running back.

The Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

FILE - In this Sunday Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and running back Adrian Peterson gesture as they leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Cardinals had a need and an opportunity for a player like Peterson that the Saints didn't - especially with the emergence of rookie third-round draft pick Alvin Kamara as both a runner and receiver.

Peterson hit the age-30 barrier in 2015. Boone was a teammate of Peterson's last season in Minnesota. It doesn't seem that he ever fully recovered, even though the greats like him often have supernatural healing powers or other insane ways to stay a few steps ahead of the league.

Following four more seasons with the Vikings, one of them plagued by an injury, Peterson would not resign with the team in order to pursue free agency and sign with another team.

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The great players usually are also great because they make the right decisions.

He signed a two-year contract with the Saints this offseason but was languishing on the sidelines there. New Orleans still had Peterson's predecessor, fellow Heisman victor Mark Ingram, on the roster, as well as Peterson's replacement, Alvin Kamara, who they used a third round pick on in 2017.

What are your thoughts on Payton's explanation as to why the Saints made a decision to trade Peterson to the Cardinals? He went from being a focal point of the Vikings' offense to an afterthought overnight. He finished his Saints career with just 27 caries for 81 yards.

The feud between Payton and Peterson became public and then toxic, as both exchanged verbal jabs. Peterson later said that although he knew he would not have a workhorse role in New Orleans pass-heavy offense, he "didn't sign up" for as little action as he was getting.

Johnson told Peterson he's trying to be like the former NFL MVP.

After being informed of the trade, Peterson said his reaction was to say "thank you, Jesus". It's fair to assume the elation was directed more towards leaving New Orleans. "We had a chance to get a draft pick next year".