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Report: Peterson, Jones talked about Adrian playing in Dallas

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson previously has mused publicly about finishing his football career in his home state of Texas.  According to ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Peterson told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in June that Peterson wants to end his career in Dallas.

Well, I understand, Adrian,” Jones told Peterson by phone, via Don Van Atta, Jr. of ESPN.  “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 quotes were “recounted” as part of a Jones profile, with the kind of specificity of words and sounds which suggests that Van Atta kept good notes, or possibly even had his tape recorder running.

“Well, we’ll see what we can do, if we can make that happen,” Jones told Peterson, via ESPN. “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.”

The term “pig Latin” most likely refers to the NFL’s tampering rule  and the reality that conversations that happened never actually happened.  Jones knows about those rules; after Peterson talked about the possibility of playing for a Texas team, Jones declined to discuss the situation.

“As a matter of fact that’s called ‘get busted’ in the NFL to be talking about somebody’s else player,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Jones didn’t talk about Peterson.  Jones talked to him.  It could prompt a complaint from the Vikings, or it could result in the NFL investigating the situation on its own.

Either way, it could be “get busted” time for Dr. Jerry Jones — and it could result in the Vikings getting some compensation back from the Cowboys, nearly 25 years after they gave up a Texas-sized truckload of picks and players in order to get running back Herschel Walker from the Cowboys in Jones’ first year of running the team.

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75 Responses to “Report: Peterson, Jones talked about Adrian playing in Dallas”
  1. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 28, 2014 1:57 PM

    Reverse Herschel.

  2. pardontheerruption says: Aug 28, 2014 1:58 PM

    Hahahahaha, this story is Pig Latin for Jerrah Jones needs to retire. Hmmm hmmmm, I like it, too!

  3. andrewluck12 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:58 PM

    Compensation from the Vikings? Lol

  4. gbsoccer6 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:59 PM

    first kevin love and now Adrian tough times in MN. At Joe Mauer is still here.

  5. scoops1 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:59 PM

    this is going to happen….next season

  6. thegrey7 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:59 PM

    I’d be okay with sending AP to the Cowboys if we can do a reverse Hershal Walker style deal.

  7. beardinals says: Aug 28, 2014 2:00 PM

    Adrian Peterson: “I’m tired of this dumpster fire. Can I come to your dumpster fire?”

  8. dwarftosser says: Aug 28, 2014 2:00 PM

    I hate Jerry as much as the next guy, but it seems crazy to fine him for that conversation. The real story here should be that Peterson wants out of MN, not that Jerry is tampering. (unless there is a follow-up call or more to it than this conversation)

  9. golforepar says: Aug 28, 2014 2:00 PM

    This proves that Peterson has little hope that “Baby hands” Bridgewater can lead the Vikings to a record out of last place in the division.
    Skoal!

  10. bordner says: Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    This pretty much confirms what has always been understood up until this point – nobody WANTS to play for Minnesota. AP obviously wants out of that nightmare so badly that he’s even willing to play for Jerry Jones in order to make it happen.

  11. FlashPatterson says: Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    This is why we can’t have nice things in Minnesota. As soon as a true superstar arises, the “big market” teams start poking around.

  12. purpleguy says: Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    Whatever. Two days ago AP told Rand of the local paper that he wanted to finish his career in MN. If he’s released by the Vikes, is traded or if he leaves when his contract is up, I’ll wish him well if he wants to go home.

  13. h3min1230 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    Wait, thought this was the offense Peterson had be waiting for?

  14. darkneptune73 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    Jerry getting senile again, obviously forgetting the no-tampering rule is still around.

  15. number1hawkfan says: Aug 28, 2014 2:03 PM

    AP must like losing. I guess he’s used to it by now playing for the Vikings. Might as well finish his career the same way he started it. On a losing team.

  16. mshawn75 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:06 PM

    If AP wants to play in Dallas, he better come way down in salary. Between Tony’s contract, what Dez wants, and the fact that Jerry is always cap strapped, there is no room for a 15 million running back.

  17. beattention says: Aug 28, 2014 2:06 PM

    Jones is becoming Al Davis as he sees much more in aging players then reality.

  18. cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 28, 2014 2:06 PM

    I hate the Cowboys as much as anybody, but how can you rip JJ for this one? AD calls him up and tells him he wants to play for the Cowboys. What’s Jones supposed to do, hang up on him?

  19. ragnarthegreat says: Aug 28, 2014 2:07 PM

    I’ve been a Vikings fan for decades and would love to see AP retire a Viking but if for any reason that can’t happen, I would smile if he went to Dallas and a boat load of draft choices came this way. Revenge would be sweet enough to get the bad taste from losing AP out of my mouth.

  20. codythao35 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:08 PM

    AP was fooling with Jerry bc he know Vikings will get some picks from Dallas to help the Vikings get over the top and Jones was dumb enough to bite the bait. FOOOOOL!!!!

  21. baddegg says: Aug 28, 2014 2:08 PM

    Wow, most players say they want to retire from the team they played for their entire career. What does this say about how AP views his Vikings career?

  22. bassplucker says: Aug 28, 2014 2:09 PM

    The ironic thing is, the Vikings are very likely to win more games than the Cowboys this year.

  23. SAMUEL MORSE says: Aug 28, 2014 2:11 PM

    JERRY SOUNDS LIKE HE IS TALKING TO A KID
    JERRY IS A REALLY CREEPY FELLOW
    IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THEY ARE IN CAHOOTS

  24. dethsupport says: Aug 28, 2014 2:11 PM

    I’d be flirting with anyone if Ponder was handing me the ball and Leslie was still coaching the Tampa-2 (15 years after it was obsolete), I won’t even go into Musgrave’s play calling.. Ponder’s face out of the pocket always reflected that guy in Raiders of the Lost Ark who’s face melted.

    Zimmer is doing good things and Peterson has come around. The NFC North’s pecking order is changing. And you know this.

  25. scoops1 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:11 PM

    AP and 3rd rounder for Romo and 6th

  26. davidwim says: Aug 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    What this story leaves out is that AP called Jerry, not the other way around. Hard to blame Jerry for being cordial.

  27. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    Pig Latin he must be talking about Eddie lacy!

  28. officialgame says: Aug 28, 2014 2:13 PM

    Peterson is signed to play for the Vikings and this is clearly tampering on the part of the cowboys GM / owner Jerry Jones. The league will have no choice but to take away draft picks and fine the Cowboys now the cat is blatantly out of the bag.

  29. Straight Cash Homie says: Aug 28, 2014 2:14 PM

    Nice for Peterson! He wants to go from a team that will forever be a loser (Vikqueens and their fans) to a team that year in and year out sets the standard for mediocrity. Hopefully by the time he retires he can try and make it on a winning team, like Tony Gonzalez tried to do.

  30. arianil985 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:14 PM

    Oh this isn’t good. Our horrid Vikings squad is devoid of any talent as it is. Now AP officially wants to leave? How much more embracing the suck can we do?

    Look at our numbers:
    Championships = 0
    Superbowls = 0 for 4
    NFC Championship games = lost our last 5
    Last place finishes = 24 times

    Only GB and CHI keep our division respectable!!!!

  31. boobschannel says: Aug 28, 2014 2:15 PM

    jared allen played out his contract in MN. his cap number was north of 17 million last year.

  32. RegisHawk says: Aug 28, 2014 2:17 PM

    So Jones was tampering and his players are getting suspended left and right. He needs to be fined $500k or so, maybe lose some draft picks.

  33. bullcharger says: Aug 28, 2014 2:18 PM

    thegrey7 says:Aug 28, 2014 1:59 PM

    I’d be okay with sending AP to the Cowboys if we can do a reverse Hershal Walker style deal.

    —————–

    I think AP is more about yards then winning. I’ve seen him smiling on the sidelines when his team is losing and still in the playoff hunt. He’s not really a winner. If Dallas trade away a bunch in Hershal Walker style deal to get AP it will only seal their fate and maybe the Vikes could win a Super Bowl in the next 5 years.

  34. macneil4025 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:20 PM

    As a Vikes fan I would have no problem with AP finishing out his career in Dallas, Give us your #1 pick next year and its a done deal!

  35. golforepar says: Aug 28, 2014 2:20 PM

    I guess Peterson doesn’t want to wait around to see what 1st round QB (that sits the bench) will be drafted next year.

  36. 4gone says: Aug 28, 2014 2:22 PM

    Playing behind the Cowboys offensive line surely would end his career in Dallas

  37. shanahanruinedrg3 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:24 PM

    1. Whilw I hate JJ and he is senile. A boatload of picks for AP is what Vikings dream of. He wont be woryh anything more than a 2nd and 5th or possibly a 1st but I highly doubt it. Not
    2. For those bashing the Cowboys 8-8 season amd claiming they will get 3 wins this year please rememeber they won 8 games last season w the worst defense ever in the NFL yards allowed.
    But, 5 losses were by a combined total of 8 points.
    This season they should have wins against the Rams, Titans, Texans, Redskins (twice), Cardinals, Jaguars. That’s 7 wins.

    They held the Eagles offense to 3 pts in a game last season and the Giants look pitiful so far so I wouldn’t be shocked to see Dallas with anywhere from 7-10 wins this season.

  38. mnvikingsfan says: Aug 28, 2014 2:27 PM

    cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 28, 2014 2:06 PM

    I hate the Cowboys as much as anybody, but how can you rip JJ for this one? AD calls him up and tells him he wants to play for the Cowboys. What’s Jones supposed to do, hang up on him?

    To avoid the tampering ruled, Jones is OBLIGATED to inform the Vikings of the call. Since he did not, he could very well be in violation of that rule.

    That said, the call happened in June, long before Peterson was able to see the direction the vikings are going, and has since stated he would like to finish his career as a Viking.

    Give up GB trolls. Peterson isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!

  39. electricboogalo says: Aug 28, 2014 2:27 PM

    From terrible to mediocre. Shoot for the stars AP.

  40. bhinrichs9 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:27 PM

    These guys get interviewed all day, I am sure the question was “would you consider ever playing back in your home state”. Who would answer no when its just a hypothetical? Calm down.

  41. wheezerswin says: Aug 28, 2014 2:28 PM

    ….and that makes the final decent player the Vikes had that bailed (or wants to bail) to play for another team. Any team

  42. RegisHawk says: Aug 28, 2014 2:29 PM

    AP: pssst! Pete Carroll. I love how you run the Seahawks. Hey, can I come finish out my career on your team?

    PC: Uh, no.

    AP: pssst! Jerry Jones. I love how you run the Cowboys. Hey, can I come finish out my career on your team?

  43. The Almighty Cabbage says: Aug 28, 2014 2:31 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    This is why we can’t have nice things in Minnesota. As soon as a true superstar arises, the “big market” teams start poking around.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Market size has nothing to do with it. After all, Green Bay (the NFL’s smallest market) doesn’t have that problem.

  44. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 28, 2014 2:32 PM

    No one wants to play in Minnesota.

  45. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 28, 2014 2:33 PM

    Peterson can play wherever he wants after the Vikings are done with him. Unfortunately for Jerry Jones, that won’t be until after he can’t play football well anymore. I don’t blame Adrian for wanting to play for the team he grew up rooting for.

  46. djvh2 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:33 PM

    The Vikings tampered with Favre back when he was a Packer and the NFL did nothing, so maybe this will blow over too. I’m all for Dallas sending picks to MN. I don’t like the Cowpies, and MN will waste the picks anyway. Win win situation.

  47. f1restarter says: Aug 28, 2014 2:35 PM

    Why would the Cowboys want Peterson? He’ll be over 30, a shell of his former self, and a player that’s always been about himself more than the team. As a Packer fan, I really hope the Vikings keep him around for 5-6 more years.

  48. bassnw says: Aug 28, 2014 2:38 PM

    Is tampering…cheating? Or does cheating only apply to hard practices and teams other than the allas Cowboys?

  49. bassplucker says: Aug 28, 2014 2:38 PM

    I find Jerrah’s comments offensive to both pigs and Latins. Please retract.

  50. pappavike says: Aug 28, 2014 2:39 PM

    Until Petterson confirms this its complete bull, Let’s see how this all shakes out.Peterson has always conducted him self as a professional I don’t see him changing that now. Not everyone behaves like Kevin Love. Thing is if I worked for Harley and was paid extremely well, Why would I want to work for Honda. Is there no pride any more!!

  51. leagueobservr says: Aug 28, 2014 2:40 PM

    Jerry Jones did nothing wrong. This wasn’t a case of the secret admirer trying to steal the girl. This is a case of the girl wanting badly to dump her loser Minnesota boyfriend and go back home to Texas…

  52. vikinganswer says: Aug 28, 2014 2:44 PM

    TAMPERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every team has players wanting to leave. Your team is no more immune than anyone else. He will be a Viking as long as WE want him to be a Viking. Emmit Smith, Montana, Manning, Rice, etc leave when they are no longer needed.

  53. NastyMcFilthy says: Aug 28, 2014 2:45 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    This is why we can’t have nice things in Minnesota. As soon as a true superstar arises, the “big market” teams start poking around.

    **********

    15 million cap hit for a 30 year old running back in 2015 – no thanks. Let Dallas have him.

  54. fanasaurus says: Aug 28, 2014 2:49 PM

    I don’t understand how someone so wealthy and successful can be so dumb. Stupid is as stupid does.

  55. rfgatwordpress says: Aug 28, 2014 2:56 PM

    Did AP call Jones? How is that tampering? And to the schmuck who’s trying to make it sound like AP came up with this scheme so that Jerry will trade more pics to the Bikes is borderline one of the stupidest thoughts of all time?

  56. mnvikingsfan says: Aug 28, 2014 2:58 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says: Aug 28, 2014 2:31 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    This is why we can’t have nice things in Minnesota. As soon as a true superstar arises, the “big market” teams start poking around.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Market size has nothing to do with it. After all, Green Bay (the NFL’s smallest market) doesn’t have that problem.

    ____________________________

    Other than Rodgers (and even that is questionable) there isn’t anyone on the current GB team than anyone wants!!

  57. packsoldier says: Aug 28, 2014 3:01 PM

    To be fair, one can’t blame Peterson for wanting to flee the dumpster fire that is the Minnesota Vikings.

  58. macjacmccoy says: Aug 28, 2014 3:05 PM

    I don’t fault AP everyone wants to play for their favorite team growing up. Vinny curry was asked to have cameras come to his house on draft day and he declined because he wasn’t going to take down the Eagles posters on his wall. He got lucky and was drafted by his favorite team. Ap’s only chance is to go to his when he’s old and worn down.

  59. firerogergoodell says: Aug 28, 2014 3:07 PM

    “Reverse Herschel.”
    ——————————

    Reverschel

  60. universalchurchoftruth says: Aug 28, 2014 3:11 PM

    Peterson will finish out his current contract with Minnesota and then we will see what happens.

    I think any GM in the league would tell you that they would rather have Adrian Peterson for the next 4 years of AD’s contract than have Eddie Lacey for the entire career of Chub’s contract.

  61. ballreaper says: Aug 28, 2014 3:16 PM

    I’m NOT SURPRISE AP wants out of Vikinbg land. this pass off season the guy PLEAD with management to go get Mike Vick since their QB position was a JOKE. They drag their feet and it never transpire which means they IGNORE him.Well don’t be upset now that he wants out.

    Imagine your team today if you had mike vick with the kid backing him up.

  62. gammynomnom says: Aug 28, 2014 3:17 PM

    If Peterson called Jerry it sounds to me like the Vikings were the ones doing the tampering.

  63. ariani1985 says: Aug 28, 2014 3:25 PM

    Before turd bay signed lacey they were trying to bribe him with moose meat!

  64. leagueobservr says: Aug 28, 2014 3:27 PM

    As I’ve said before on this site: This is Peterson’s last year in Minnesota. He’ll be given the same ultimatum that Logan Mankins just got from New England, either take a pay cut/renegotiate, or get cut or traded…

  65. beedubyatoo says: Aug 28, 2014 3:28 PM

    Hey, Jerry. If you really want a superstar from the NFC North, Brett Favre is available. No tampering troubles.

  66. floriosnuts says: Aug 28, 2014 3:37 PM

    GM Jerry will likely pick him up when he turns 32.

  67. codythoa35 says: Aug 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    I shouldnt have any truble getting tickets when the new stadeum opens once AP is gone. Wahoo!

  68. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 28, 2014 4:12 PM

    He’s tired of losing, carrying the offense, sees no hope of ever winning a Super Bowl, who can blame him??? The Vikings are a joke and he knows it.

  69. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 28, 2014 4:15 PM

    Senility, Cialis & Cyanide.

  70. mwatts1 says: Aug 28, 2014 4:19 PM

    If I was a Vikings fan, this would brake my heart.

  71. packsoldier says: Aug 28, 2014 4:23 PM

    How pathetic is it that Viking fans are using “small market” as an excuse?

    Sincerely,

    The Green Bay Packers

  72. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 28, 2014 7:00 PM

    In 2010 Peterson compared playing for the vikings to slavery. Of course he wants out of Minnesota and to be on national television.

    Peterson does more to harm the vikings by staying there- demanding they run the ball when way behind, huge cap number, often injured, and inability to play on a natural field.

    As much as the vikings would be glad to get rid of him, I hope he stays with the vikings until that crazy contract is complete. Peterson does a lot to keep the vikings from being competitive.

  73. axespray says: Aug 29, 2014 2:41 AM

    lol – I wouldn’t wanna waste my career in minnesota either.

  74. truthserum4u says: Aug 29, 2014 8:14 AM

    gammynomnom says: Aug 28, 2014 3:17 PM

    If Peterson called Jerry it sounds to me like the Vikings were the ones doing the tampering.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Clearly you don’t understand what tampering means.

    It is up to the teams to avoid tampering. They are obligated to report it to the team that owns the rights to the player, or the NFL office that the player called. They aren’t allowed to have the type of discussion Jerra had with AD. He has to stop it.

    Dems da rules boys!

  75. gammynomnom says: Aug 29, 2014 12:04 PM

    I understand the rules fine, just pointing out how stupid they are. Tecnically a club could talk a player into calling every club in the league with no punishment to them with a chance to get draft picks. No one is even questioning AP in this, no one even knows what he was talking to Jerry about to know what Jerry was talking about.

    Its just a dangerous deal when only one party has the chance to be punished in such a situation. Why shouldn’t Adrian also be responsible for reporting his call?

    John Mara will probably have his players calling every team in the NFCE now, if he had a player anyone would want. Why not? If he doesn’t stand to be punished there is nothing to lose,

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