The Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. Peterson had not been frequently used with New Orleans, hoping that the Cardinals and their depleted running back situation provide a haven of touches going forward.
“I have so much left. I look to play four or five more years,“ Peterson said.
Peterson is in the first year of his professional career as a member of a team that isn’t the Minnesota Vikings. He signed with the Saints this offseason as the next chapter in his career as a 32-year-old.
Over the first four games of the year, Peterson has made just a single start, but has more importantly failed to total double-digit carries in any contest. The last time he took to the field, during Week 4 in London against the Miami Dolphins, he carried the ball just four times for 4 yards.
Peterson’s 2016 season was cut short in the third game of the year due to a knee injury. The last time he was healthy for a full season was in 2015 when he led the league in carries, rushing yards and touchdowns (tied), earning first-team All-Pro honors and making the Pro Bowl.
Arizona has had to scramble at the running back position following the injury of All-Pro rusher David Johnson following a Week 1 wrist injury that will keep him sidelined for a prolonged period of time.
Peterson’s first chance to suit up with his new team comes on Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.