Now the 32-year-old Peterson begins Act 3 of his NFL career, having been traded to the Cardinals this week.
The 32-year-old running back is expected to play Sunday when the Cardinals host the Buccaneers. And he is expected to be the Arizona feature back, something he was not with the Saints.
Peterson started just one of four games with New Orleans and rushed for just 81 yards on 27 carries. Had that pace continued, he was on pace for a career-low 324 yards.
And the league’s actions didn’t sit well with some outside observers, including Sen. Arlen Specter, who requested a meeting with Goodell in November 2008 to learn why the tapes had been destroyed.
What Specter learned from the one-hour, 40-minute sitdown in February 2008 was that the Pats had been spying on opposing teams for nearly a decade, ever since Belichick’s first year as head coach of the Pats.
“There was confirmation that there has been taping since 2000, when Coach Belichick took over,” said Specter, who called for an independent probe similar to a Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. It never materialized.
“I found a lot of questions unanswerable because the tapes and notes had been destroyed,” said the late Pennsylvania lawmaker. “We have a right to have honest football games.”
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. The Buccaneers could go one of a few ways with this pick, nabbing Barkley if he makes it out of the top six or fortifying the offensive line by finally upgrading over Donovan Smith. But when you’re looking at both value and need, Chubb is the perfect fit at No. 7. He’s a dominant edge-rusher that gives high effort on nearly every play. With 10 sacks and more than 20 tackles for loss in each of his last two seasons for NC State, he’s the perfect guy to come in and take the Bucs defense to another level.
Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson. If the Bears re-sign Mitch Unrein, or if Key or Chubb make it to No. 8, the Bears are probably going to go in a different direction. But with how the board plays out here, Wilkins would seemingly be a great fit as a 3-4 base end that can kick inside in nickel downs and be just as effective getting into the backfield. New coach Matt Nagy may want to give Mitchell Trubisky a new No. 1 weapon, but that strategy makes most sense after a trade down. Any team targeting a quarterback may want to give Chicago a call if their desired prospect is still on the board here.
Though Goodell announced during the season that he had formed a committee of former players and coaches to suggest improvements to the rule, the league strongly indicated last week the convoluted process will remain in place.