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Adrian Peterson’s prayers were answered with trade to Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday formally introduced Adrian Peterson after a stunning trade to acquire him from the New Orleans Saints. And while the Cardinals may be cautiously optimistic over the acquisition, it pales in comparison to how Peterson feels about his arrival.

The 32-year-old running back was a poor fit for the Saints’ offensive scheme. And Peterson’s unhappiness was further exacerbated due to the depth of the team’s running back corps, which left him scrambling for loose scraps in the game plan.

Now? Peterson is thanking the heavens for his exodus out of the bayou and arrival in the desert, revealing he found out about the trade courtesy of a friend’s text message.

“Thank you, Jesus,” Peterson said Wednesday following his first practice with the Cardinals, via Shutdown Corner. “You answer prayers. I’d be lying to say I didn’t want a change of scenery.”

Peterson isn’t taking the short-view, either, professing he plans to keep playing for awhile.

“I have so much left,” Peterson said. “I look to play at least four to five more years, God willing. I have a lot left in the tank. Stay tuned and you guys will be able to see that first-hand.”

Despite his protestations indicating otherwise, it remains to be seen if Peterson really does have anything left in the tank. He did not show much in 2016 with the Minnesota Vikings, an injury-plagued campaign in which he only played in three games.

Further, it is difficult to predict what the Cardinals should expect out of Peterson, either, in light an underwhelming four games with the Saints, during which he carried the ball 27 times for 81 yards, a 3.0 average.

That said, the Cardinals — desperate for some production out of the running game after losing David Johnson in Week 1 — acquired Peterson for only a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. If the veteran can show any flashes of the running back he once was, it will be worth every penny.

“I would expect they’re expecting a lot from me,” Peterson said. “And that’s OK.”

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