What do you do if you're an NFL owner and a star player says he wants to play for you? Oh yeah, and it happens to be an NFL player who is on another team?
According to ESPN's "Outside the Lines," Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on a June phone call that he could envision playing for the Cowboys when his Vikings tenure was up.
That put Jones in a little pickle.
"Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones told Peterson on the call, per the ESPN personality profile on Jones. "I'd like that, too ... Well, I love your story. I love your daddy's story. I've always respected what you've been about. I've always been a fan of yours."
NFL tampering rules prohibit club officials from talking to other teams' players, so this raises all kinds of questions for Jones. But according to the report, Jones might have been ambushed a bit by this one. Jones reportedly was in his suite at AT&T Stadium when a friend handed him a phone.
On that phone initially was a Morgan Stanley money manager who had attended the final George Strait concert back on June 7. That man talked to Peterson and then put the phone in Jones' hand without saying who was on the other end.
That's how we got to Peterson saying what he did. It should be noted that Peterson — who is from Texas originally and played high-school football there — can say whatever he wants on the matter to anyone else; that's not considered tampering, per NFL rules. But Jones responding in a certain fashion certainly could be construed as such.
"Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen," Jones reportedly told Peterson. "Hmm hmm ... I'd like that, too ... Well, we're talking pig Latin here, but let's see if we can do that ... We're talking pig Latin here, but let's see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks."
So pig Latin is likely the wink-wink code for those pesky tampering rules that the NFL folks take quite seriously, and it's likely something the Vikings — who have Peterson under contract through the 2017 season — will want to investigate further.