"I have so much left", the 32-year-old running back told reporters Wednesday after going through his first practice with the Arizona Cardinals. "I look to play at least four or five more years, god willing. He'll get to go out there and prove to everybody what he wants to prove to them, that he still can do this and that he still has a lot of juice in the tank".
"One of the challenges, obviously, when you have the depth we have is having enough touches for all these guys", Payton added.
"Not to say that wasn't necessarily the case there in New Orleans", Peterson said.
"It was something that I was praying about".
And his reaction when he found out about the trade?
"Our relationship, I would say, has been fantastic, and (the trade) was an opportunity really where he was going to obviously get somewhere and be featured more, and I'm happy that that opportunity has come up and we were able to make a trade", Payton said.
Peterson played 10 seasons in Minnesota, a powerful, dominant running back whom few could take down without considerable help.
Peterson agreed to a two-year, incentive-laden deal with the Saints about a week before the draft, which included only $3.5 million guaranteed, including a $2.5 million signing bonus that will still count for $1.25 million against the Saints' 2018 salary cap.
Peterson, who has Johnson's injury to thank for him landing in Arizona, said he likes Johnson.
"He's run our style of offense for awhile and it's just learning terminology, " Arians said. "He's not 22 anymore but he still pours it up in there and is very exciting".
Peterson said Fitzgerald insisted he stay in his guest house. Hard worker - that's all I've heard about him.
"This was done just using common sense, and we had a chance to get a draft pick next year", Payton said, via Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune.
The Saints running game hasn't produced much this season, but Ingram and Kamara both are active catching passes out of the backfield in an offense that has elements of the West Coast scheme Bill Walsh ran with San Francisco in the 1980s.
The great players usually are also great because they make the right decisions.