Television cameras captured him scowling at Saints coach Sean Payton, although Peterson insisted then that there was no animosity between them in that moment. The news was first reported by Dianna Russini of ESPN. Peterson ends his tenure with the Saints after accumulating just 81 yards and zero touchdowns on 27 carries through the first four games of the season. This pretty much kills the fantasy value of Chris Johnson, and it likely doesn't help Andre Ellington's value too much either.
The Saints originally signed the seven-time Pro Bowler back in April after he was waived by the Minnesota Vikings. However, injuries have plagued Peterson in recent years. He rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, his best season. At least one analytic grading service - Pro Football Focus - rated all five of Arizona's current starters in their lowest category. His final game as a Saint in London yielded four carries for four yards in a 20-0 win over the Dolphins.
Peterson had expressed interest in playing for the Bucs, but that never happened - now, instead of the Bucs facing him twice a year with New Orleans, they'll get him just once, on Sunday in Arizona.
His third NFL team could give the rest of the league a glimpse at the future. He rushed back from a serious knee injury previous year in Minnesota but did not have the same rampaging style that defined his early career.