Adrian Peterson says he has thought about finishing his career for the Dallas Cowboys
By Frank Schwab 23 hours ago
Adrian Peterson muses about playing in TexasAdrian Peterson is an institution for the Minnesota Vikings, quickly becoming arguably the most recognizable figure in the history of the franchise.
Yet, in a moment of honesty, Peterson said he has thought about the possibility of finishing his career in his home state of Texas, with the Dallas Cowboys.
"You know, I'd be a liar if I said it's something that hasn't crossed my mind before," Peterson said on ESPN Radio, via Fox Sports Southwest. "But I've also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I've always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston."
Minnesota fans probably don't love hearing that one.
Now this probably means nothing. There's a lot of factors that would have to line up for Peterson, the reigning NFL MVP, to land with the Cowboys near the end of his career. And it's not binding that Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, said he has thought about playing for the team he grew up rooting for and honestly answered a question about it. And he understands the value of spending his entire career with the Vikings, judging by his quote.
For now it's just idle chatter. Peterson is just 28 and it'll be a while before him playing for another team is a real possibility. But who knows, maybe at some point the stars will align and Peterson will pull a reverse Emmitt Smith, and play a couple of years at the end of his Hall of Fame career in Dallas.
Posted by Mike Florio on December 5, 2013, 10:22 PM EST
Jerry Jones knows he’ll “get busted” if he talks about Adrian PetersonIt’s starting.
As the prime years of running back Adrian Peterson’s begin to evaporate, the future Hall of Famer is thinking about the possibility of finishing his career in his home state of Texas.
We know that he’s thinking about it, because he’s talking about it.
“You know, I’d be a liar if I said it’s something that hasn’t crossed my mind before,” told ESPN Radio on Thursday.
In fairness, Peterson followed that by suggesting he’s committed to staying with the Vikings.
“I’ve also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that,” Peterson said.
And then he followed it with more talk about playing in Texas.
“[B]eing from Texas, I’ve always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston,” Peterson said.
Peterson grew up outside of Dallas, rooting for the Cowboys. He spends the offseason in Houston.
Though he’s under contract through 2017, Peterson eventually may decide he wants out of a team with an offense that, but for Brett Favre’s first season with the Vikings, hasn’t had much of a passing game. Peterson has seen former teammate Percy Harvin want out of Minnesota and get his wish; why shouldn’t one of the most important players in team history get the same consideration?
A potential trade to Dallas would be fitting, given that the Cowboys once traded running back Herschel Walker to the Vikings for an obscene haul of draft picks and players. Peterson would generate much less than Walker, even though Peterson was and remains the better player.
The other problem for a team like the Cowboys would be fitting Peterson’s contract under the team’s salary cap. With a $100 million quarterback and a cap bulge for 2014 that already exceeds $30 million, it’s a move that can’t happen within the next year.
Come 2015, who knows? Especially if the Vikings continue to swing and miss in their efforts to complement one of the best running backs in league history with a reasonably competent passing game.
Posted by Mike Florio on December 6, 2013, 2:18 PM EST
On Thursday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mused about playing for the Cowboys or Texans.
On Friday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones resisted the temptation to muse about employing Peterson.
“We don’t want to get into hypotheticals in any way,” Jones said on his Friday appearance with 105.3 The Fan Dallas/Fort Worth. “As a matter of fact that’s called ‘get busted’ in the NFL to be talking about somebody’s else player.”
It’s actually called tampering. But we strongly prefer “get busted.”
While Jones can’t talk publicly about it, nothing stops him from privately contacting the Vikings in the offseason to see if a reverse-Herschel could be accomplished.