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Sean Payton: Adrian Peterson trade 'common sense' with Saints' running back depth

Sean Payton: Adrian Peterson trade 'common sense' with Saints' running back depth
Published On: Wed, Oct 11
Sep 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to running back Adrian Peterson (28) before a game against the New England Patriots at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

When Adrian Peterson met with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton on Tuesday, Payton relayed both good news and bad news to the future Hall of Fame running back.

The initial bad news for Peterson was the Saints traded him to the Arizona Cardinals, meaning his time with New Orleans was over after just four games and less than six months on the roster. Peterson, who spent 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings, regularly discussed how much he enjoyed joining a team near his family in Houston and teaming up with another future Hall of Famer in quarterback Drew Brees.

But, as much as the trade was bad news in the present, it was also good news for Peterson's future because in Arizona, the 32-year-old will have more opportunities to show that he can still play to the level he expects. With Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara atop the Saints' depth chart, it would've been hard for Peterson to carve out a bigger role than what he'd seen to start this season.

Ultimately, Payton called the trade a "win-win."

"In my discussions yesterday with (Cardinals general manager) Steve Keim, it was like, 'Hey, this guy still has it, and here's what he does well and we've seen it,'" Payton said Wednesday morning. "it's just a little crowded right now."

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