Adrian Peterson will make history when he plays the Rams in London

Cardinals make trade for Adrian Peterson

The Adrian Peterson era in New Orleans lasted about as long as a Nic Cage movie release in theaters.

While some may have been under the impression Peterson would share the bulk of the Saints' carries with entrenched starter Mark Ingram while rookie third-round pick Alvin Kamara picked up the scraps on third downs, the former Minnesota Vikings star has already been replaced by the younger, more versatile back out of Tennessee.

He'll have to learn another new offense, and it's not a smashmouth Big Ten-style playbook that makes use of Peterson's style. It does give it a bit of juice, but Peterson has done little to instill confidence in fantasy owners this season.

The New Orleans Saints announced today that the team has traded RB Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2018.

Peterson's biggest contribution to the 2017 National Football League season so far is the death stare he gave Saints coach Sean Payton after getting just six carries in New Orleans' season opener. That ends a rough four-game stint in New Orleans, where Peterson never touched the ball more than nine times in a game, and never rushed for more than 33 yards. Safety Chris Banjo posted a tweet that simply showed a crying emoji to show he was sad to see Peterson go. "Been a pleasure and a blessing to play on the same team".

Peterson, 32, played in each of the Saints' four games this season, recording 81 yards on 27 carries with no touchdowns.

Since then, the offensive line has not performed well. He spent the first 10 years of his National Football League career with the Minnesota Vikings, amassing more than 11,000 yards rushing.

Peterson will get more opportunities - a look at the Arizona depth chart backs that up - but they may just be extended chances to run into rapidly-closing holes and be swallowed up like so much krill in the baleen mouths of opposing defenses.

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