The Adrian Peterson era in New Orleans has already ended

Adrian Peterson is now on his way to Arizona. It does give it a bit of juice, but Peterson has done little to instill confidence in fantasy owners this season. He's gained 81 yards in 27 carries, an average of three yards per attempt with a long run of 11.

Adrian Peterson is leaving the Crescent City.

But the Saints locker room still had plenty of respect for Peterson, and several of his teammates in New Orleans posted farewells to the running back on Twitter after news of the trade broke on Tuesday. But the Cardinals don't have to keep him past this season (he's under contract through 2018) and maybe he can improve things while David Johnson heals. The Cardinals, however, are averaging 289 yards per game through the air, which is second in the league to the New England Patriots.

And now he's going to a worse team than he'd played for in New Orleans.

The 32-year-old Johnson was once among the league's premier running backs, as he rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first six NFL seasons while playing for the Tennessee Titans.

Although the Saints signed Peterson to a two-year, $7 million deal in April, the addition of the future Hall of Famer immediately seemed like a luxury with Ingram in the prime of his career.

Since then, the offensive line has not performed well.

Following Chris Johnson's release, Peterson, Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington will compete for carries, with Ellington getting the bulk of the pass-catching work out of the backfield.

Vanessa Coleman