5 most disappointing trades in Arizona Cardinals history
By Adam Patrick
Trade for Adrian Peterson in 2017
After the first five weeks of the 2017 season, the Cardinals were sitting with a 2-3 record, and they were in need of a spark. So they went out and made a trade for future Hall of Fame running back, Adrian Peterson.
After a long tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson was a member of the New Orleans Saints at the beginning of the 2017 campaign. Things weren’t working out for the running back in New Orleans, so the Saints decided to send him to Arizona in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
In his debut for the Cardinals, things couldn’t have gone much better for Peterson as he rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s Week 6 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Shortly after his debut, the veteran running back rushed for 159 yards in Arizona’s Week 9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. But in Peterson’s other four appearances for the Cardinals in 2017, he averaged under 40 rushing yards per game and 2.1 yards per carry.
And if you caught that, yes, Peterson only appeared in a total of six contests for Arizona during the 2017 season before he was placed on injured reserve due to a neck injury.
The Cardinals didn’t give up much to acquire the All-Pro running back, but it was still disappointing that he wasn’t able to make a bigger impact for them during his lone season in the desert.