Adrian Peterson's tenure in New Orleans lasted an entire five games and spanned a total of 27 rush attempts for 81 yards. Peterson was traded to the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional late-round pick.
The future Hall of Famer never really panned out in the Bayou, seeing himself fall behind veteran Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara on the Saints' depth chart.
From a Cardinals perspective, adding a running back was definitely a necessity. Arizona lost leading rusher David Johnson to injured reserve after he suffered a dislocated left wrist in Week 1. The likes of Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington have done nothing of substance in his stead. It's a desperation move for a Cardinals team that heads into Week 6 ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing.
Peterson will definitely get an extended look from the Cardinals. But it's hard to imagine him playing much of a role from a fake football perspective. It's clear that the 1th-year pro simply doesn't have it any more. Running behind a disastrous offensive line in Arizona won't help here.
Maybe see how he performs early. And if somehow the 2015 version of AD shows up, he could potentially be a waiver-wire add. But that ship seems to have sailed.