Sean Payton: Trading Adrian Peterson 'common sense'

Cardinals have quite the collection of Pro Bowlers

Cardinals have quite the collection of Pro Bowlers

The Arizona Cardinals struck a deal on Tuesday to land running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a conditional draft pick, ESPN's Dianna Russini first reported.

"I think this was a win-win", Saints coach Sean Payton said. Our relationship, I'd say, has been fantastic. It was an opportunity for him to be featured more.

But when asked if that means the Saints would not have signed Peterson if they knew they were going to draft Kamara, Payton said it was too much of a hypothetical question.

In the end, Peterson became the odd man out.

Payton added that he and Peterson talked Tuesday about the "good news/bad news" aspects of the trade - including the fact that Peterson will return to London later this month and stay in the same hotel and practice on the same fields where the Saints just were two weeks ago.

"I wasn't pushing to be moved, but I'd be lying to you to say that I didn't want a change of scenery", he told reporters in a Wednesday press conference that was live stream via Periscope.

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.

Arizona could use a boost in its rushing attack, which ranks last in the National Football League in yards per game (51.8). Four games into the season, Ingram had played 52.5 percent of the snaps, up from the 46 percent he played a year ago. He can go. I'm hoping that he goes and proves it in Arizona'.

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