Adrian Peterson has been languishing on the bench with the New Orleans Saints, so the Arizona Cardinals decided to rescue him by giving up a conditional draft pick, per ESPN’s Dianna Russini. Just in time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to face him.
The Bucs have been tied to Peterson for years on end, though mostly because Peterson kept talking about them. Any interest never materialized, as he stuck with the Minnesota Vikings until this season before moving to the aforementioned Saints—where he got 11 carries for 81 yards, and that’s it.
The Cardinals will give him more opportunity, but he’s still a 32-year-old running back who hasn’t been productive in two years. The odds that he’ll suddenly find his way back to Pro Bowl form, or anything resembling it, isn’t exactly big.
Still, the Bucs will have to face him for the first time since 2012 this week. So far, the Bucs run defense has been stifling. Peterson won’t be a much greater challenge than the players they’ve faced so far, so expect the legend’s lack of productivity to continue for at least a week.