Adrian Peterson Called Jerry Jones About Joining the Dallas Cowboys
Yesterday the Dallas Cowboys went 0-4 in the preseason, but this was definitely what everyone was talking about after the game.
Before everyone starts saying this is a rumor. Both Jerry Jones and Adrian Peterson have acknowledged the phone call. Now, we have that out of the way, you're telling me one of the greatest running backs in the NFL wants to play for the Cowboys? Best news of the preseason in my opinion.
Adrian Peterson is from Palestine, Texas and being that close to the Dallas area, it is safe to assume he watched a lot of Dallas Cowboys games growing up. Maybe it was his dream as a kid to play for the Dallas Cowboys? No one knows, but this phone call that took place in June could give the answer to that question.This phone call could get Jerry Jones in some hot water.
NFL tampering rules prohibit club officials from talking to other teams' players, so this raises all kinds of questions for Jones. 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. Since the reporter could only listen to one side of the conversation, we only have Jerry Jones side.
"Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones told Peterson on the call. "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."
You can take what you want from those quotes, Jones would go onto say this.
"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."
I am assuming the pig Latin talk is Adrian suggesting a possible move to Dallas. This could be a problem for Jerry. The league will have a say on this. The rules are clear; per the CBA, Jones must report such a violation when it occurs, even accidentally, as this appears to be.
They read: "... the contacted club must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player's rights." Short of doing that, Jones could face "severe" penalties from the commissioner's office. I hope its just a fine if anything and the actual team doesn't suffer any penalties.
After this report surfaced, Adrian Peterson did make a statement. Adrian Peterson said, "This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings. I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking." The Minnesota Vikings also came out and said, "We are focused on the 2014 season, and ... Adrian is an integral part of the Vikings organization."
We will just have to see how this all plays out now. Adrian is not a free agent until 2018 and the shelf life for running backs is not that long in the NFL. Adrian has already had a long, amazing career and this is after coming back from a bad ACL tear that sidelined him in 2012. The Cowboys next game is on September 7th against the San Francisco 49ers. You can listen to every Dallas Cowboys game on NewsTalk 1290.