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AD wants to play for the Cowboys

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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:14 PM

AD wants to play for the Cowboys 


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a June telephone call he would like to play for the Cowboys at the end of his tenure with the Vikings, according to an "Outside the Lines" report.

"Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones told Peterson during 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."

The telephone call is recounted as part of an expansive "Outside the Lines"/ESPN the Magazine profile of Jones by ESPN senior writer Don Van Natta Jr. that was published Thursday.

The story also details Jones' lingering angst over passing up quarterback Johnny Manziel in the NFL draft and Jones' continued emotion over former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson, whom Jones says will not be put in the Cowboys' "Ring of Honor" that recognizes contributors to the franchise's success.

As for the Peterson call, Van Natta was in Jones' suite at AT&T Stadium when a friend of Jones' handed the phone to him. Peterson had talked first to a Morgan Stanley money manager who had attended George Strait's final concert on June 7 at AT&T Stadium. After the concert, Jones and several others remained in the suite; Peterson talked with the man, who handed the phone to Jones without saying who was on the line.

"Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen," Jones, who is also the Cowboys' general manager, 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."

Peterson, 29, is in the fourth year of a seven-year, $100 million contract that will pay him $11.75 million this autumn to play for the Vikings. 

The NFL's rules on player tampering lay out specific rules if a team is contacted by a player who is under contract with another team: "... the contacted club must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player's rights." Failure to do so can result in "severe" penalties from the commissioner's office.

Jones, who confirmed that Peterson told him he wanted to play for the Cowboys, said he has not talked with Peterson since the call and that he didn't think the discussion should be considered tampering. This week, he said he did not contact the Vikings about the conversation.

The Vikings had no immediate response Thursday when contacted by ESPN's Ben Goessling about the phone call.

The timing of the Jones-Peterson conversation came a month after Jones and the Cowboys passed on Johnny Manziel with the 16th pick of the NFL draft. In his story, Van Natta writes that passing up Manziel for offensive tackle Zack Martin stuck with Jones all summer.

"If we had picked Manziel, he'd guarantee our relevance for 10 years," Jones said in May. "When we were on the clock, I said if we pick the other guy -- any other guy -- it would be a ticket to parity, more 8-8 seasons.

"The only way to break out is to gamble -- take a chance with that first pick, if you wanna dramatically improve your team. That's why I wanted Manziel but I was the only guy who wanted him. I listened to everybody ... And I'm ... not ... happy ... ."

In the story, which airs on "Outside the Lines" at 9 a.m. (ET) Sunday on ESPN and hits newsstands on Sept. 5, Van Natta also writes at length about Jones' continued frustration with former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson. Jones fired Johnson in March 1994, two months after the Cowboys won their second straight Super Bowl trophy.

"There was just an undermining that went on," Jones said in the story. "It's subtle. It's smart. ... I lost my tolerance of having an associate, a friend, not be loyal."




Serenity now!
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:15 PM

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Just read this as well. Hopefully the NFL comes down hard on the Cowboys for failing to report this. Oh and fu Peterson.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:16 PM

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Tampering. Should be a draft pick.

Regarding AP, trade him to the Cowboys and fleece them, then start over with Teddy as the face of the franchise and a legit passing game.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:20 PM

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Fine. Take the huge contract off our hands.


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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:22 PM

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Trade him.  Problem is we'd get about a 2nd rounder for him at this point.  I hope some teams offers a bone headed deal on their part for AD next draft.  He is still good, but he has chit for brains and will decline rapidly IMO. Any other current Vikings says that theyd be slammed, for some reason AD still gets supported.  Id rather we kept Gerhart and got picks.........

"What is the difference between a Packer fan and a baby? The baby will stop whining after a while."

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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:26 PM

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It was after a concert he was probably drunk lol however I do want to hear what he says about it
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:31 PM

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Three firsts three seconds, a couple thirds, a few players,

Payback.

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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:31 PM

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What are you nuts?

Do you think we pay him more than the money he brings into this franchise? Keep drinking..... the guy is a golden goose.
Viper05 wrote: Fine. Take the huge contract off our hands.
....I've Been There Done That, Bought the T-Shirt .... Just Say'n, Do Some Research....

Last edited 8/28/2014 12:31 PM by PurplePounding

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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:35 PM

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I don't believe any of this garbage. ohlord
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:37 PM

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Shockingly people read the headline but don't take the time to read the actual article.

It was a casual conversation and Peterson said AFTER his time is up in Minnesota. Peterson is signed through 2017.

Don't get your panties all in a bunch.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:38 PM

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ESPN trying to get a big name player from the Vikings to the Cowboys, oh there's a shock. A few years ago it was Moss. I remember hearing about maybe Allen a couple years ago and now we have Peterson. Its only a matter of time before Patterson, Bridgewater, Barr and probably Smith are linked to the Cowboys.

Oh and the whole Peterson and Cowboy thing has been around for a while. Peterson said years ago he wanted to play for his childhood team, the Cowboys. If players could all play for their childhood teams the league would consist of the Cowboys, 49ers, Steelers, Bears and Packers.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:42 PM

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No I am not "nuts" but from your pattern of responses on this site I would say you are a bit hystrionic.
PurplePounding wrote: What are you nuts?

Do you think we pay him more than the money he brings into this franchise? Keep drinking..... the guy is a golden goose.
Viper05 wrote: Fine. Take the huge contract off our hands.


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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:42 PM

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Trading him for talking to the cowboys, would be like the bears trading Walter Payton in 1983. Two years before they won the superbowl.
The only way to be the best is to beat the best.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:43 PM

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Similar things have been implied about Larry Fitzgerald wanting to play with the Vikings if the opportunity presented itself. I don't fault Peterson for saying it although he probably was caught off guard and has a lot of respect for Jerry Jones.

However, the Cowboys probably should have reported it under the tampering rules.
LtDansLegs wrote: Shockingly people read the headline but don't take the time to read the actual article.

It was a casual conversation and Peterson said AFTER his time is up in Minnesota. Peterson is signed through 2017.

Don't get your panties all in a bunch.
How do you ensure Bridgewater is the most popular quarterback on the roster?  Name Cassel the starter for the first three weeks of the season.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:50 PM

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Ooof.  

I'll trade him straight up for Dez Bryant and a first after the 2015 season.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:54 PM

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PurplePounding wrote: What are you nuts?

Do you think we pay him more than the money he brings into this franchise? Keep drinking..... the guy is a golden goose.
Viper05 wrote: Fine. Take the huge contract off our hands.
How much he brings in is relevant to ownership, but not to me.

If I felt that Bridgewater was really going to be a franchise QB, I'd trade AP ASAP if I could get a high pick or two.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:54 PM

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Goodell has broom and rug in hand.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 12:56 PM

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I hope we trade him the year before we win the SB. He can suck on that in Dallas.
PJM3414 wrote: Trading him for talking to the cowboys, would be like the bears trading Walter Payton in 1983. Two years before they won the superbowl.

"What is the difference between a Packer fan and a baby? The baby will stop whining after a while."

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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:06 PM

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That is tampering big time...we have the proof NFL better do something about it....I want draft picks, and I want them now....what is NFL's phone number...lets starting bitching and get our team something for this......take them to the cleaners....top player...we deserve top draft picks...end of story.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 1:09 PM

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Yeah, and AD wanted to bring in Michael Vick AND retain the services of one Leslie Frazier making this bizarre statement the third of the Hat Trick.
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