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Jerry Jones points out that Peterson initiated the call

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While the initial comments of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones regarding his June conversation with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson didn’t address many/any relevant specifics of the call, Jones later revisited the subject — and his defense to any potential tampering investigation became crystal clear.

“I understand the tampering thing, and you have to be an initiator,” Jones said, via Drew Davison of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

While Jones definitely would be facing a serious problem under the tampering policy if he’d been the one to call Peterson, the policy specifically addresses the situation in which a player contacts another team and expresses interest in eventually playing for that team.

Here’s the precise language: “If a club is contacted by a player (or his representative) who is under contract to or whose negotiating rights are held by another club, and such player had not been given permission to deal with other clubs, or such player is not in a permissible negotiating period under the terms of an operative collective bargaining agreement, then the contacted club is prohibited from talking or otherwise dealing with the player or his representative, and the contacted club must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player’s rights.”

Here’s what it means in English: Jerry Jones should have called Zygi Wilf as soon as the call with Peterson ended. If, as it appears, Jones didn’t do that, he has violated the tampering policy.

So what will the NFL do about it? Based on past precedent in this and other contexts, the simple answer is whatever it wants.

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66 Responses to “Jerry Jones points out that Peterson initiated the call”
  1. packfntk says: Aug 29, 2014 10:11 AM

    Do you blame him for calling? I mean, he plays for the Vikings….

  2. greenbaydean says: Aug 29, 2014 10:12 AM

    Psh. Where was the big uproar back in 2008 when the Vikings called Favre to get him to come out of retirement while he was still a member of the Packers and play for the Vikings? Vikings got a little of what they dished out! #karma

  3. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 29, 2014 10:17 AM

    Doesn’t matter, tampering is tampering. Cows should lose a draft pick!

  4. justanacehole says: Aug 29, 2014 10:19 AM

    Maybe they could do a reverse Herschel Walker.

  5. casualmalexlfan says: Aug 29, 2014 10:20 AM

    “Bb-b-b-but he started it!!!!!”

  6. philsphan34 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:22 AM

    Loss of draft picks… God I hope Jerry Jones lives to be a 150 years old

  7. knockknockwhosthereowen says: Aug 29, 2014 10:22 AM

    Last line is hilarious and absolutely true.

  8. rcbn says: Aug 29, 2014 10:23 AM

    Like no other players call GM’s, Owners,, Coaches and tell them they would love to play for them. You see them approach them all the time at the end of games! Jerry is just stupid enough to do it in front of a reporter. I’m just Sayin!!!

  9. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 29, 2014 10:28 AM

    Jerry volunteers at suicide prevention hotline?

    Peterson desperately wants off of the vikings.

  10. dethsupport says: Aug 29, 2014 10:28 AM

    How old is this idiot?

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 29, 2014 10:30 AM

    Congratulations on your undefeated preseason, Vike fans! Of course, if it turns out that the fondest desire of the best player in your team’s history was to play for another team, did you really( go undefeated?

  12. fwippel says: Aug 29, 2014 10:30 AM

    Cowboys hand over their first round draft pick in 2015, likely a top 10 pick.

  13. codythao35 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:33 AM

    AP is trying to get more picks for Vikings that’s all. Jones got fool and didn’t do things accordingly to NFL rules. It’s his loss.LOL!!

  14. ariani1985 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:33 AM

    Big Pack Guy here…..Adrian, come join the stench in Green Bay! We play clown music, lose in the first round of the playoffs every year and we have wild moose to shoot on every street corner!!!

  15. holla2626 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:36 AM

    “I’m an old man…I’m confused!”

    – Jerry Jones (after getting caught stealing batteries)

  16. frostymugobeer says: Aug 29, 2014 10:36 AM

    he called the wrong number….he wants a superbowl before he retires

  17. dragonfly99 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:37 AM

    Can you really blame Adrian? He only has a few seasons left and would like to have a shot at playing for a winning team.

  18. petedutcherjr says: Aug 29, 2014 10:38 AM

    It’s tampering.

  19. russrpm says: Aug 29, 2014 10:38 AM

    I’m sure that the Goodell will announce his decision and the penalties involved, as soon as John Mara tells him what they are.

  20. grndizzle says: Aug 29, 2014 10:39 AM

    I think we’re making a mountain of a molehill out of this whole issue.

  21. dcstinks says: Aug 29, 2014 10:40 AM

    May you live forever Jerry!!

    -Eagle Fans

  22. redblue88 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:42 AM

    Noooo! The way the Cowboys draft, taking away picks is hardly a punishment! Reducing their available cap equal to Petersen’s franchise tag value would be more appropriate.

  23. officialgame says: Aug 29, 2014 10:50 AM

    Dazed and confused.

  24. dahead03 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:52 AM

    The problem isn’t that he received a call. the problem is that he didn’t immediately report it to the NFL and the Vikings. Had he done that there would be no issue.

  25. guitarfreak21 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:56 AM

    Why would AP EVER want to be a Cowboy? They are almost a lock for the #1 pick next year!

  26. matt4477 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:57 AM

    AP wants his Jerry beads!

  27. fifthmaze says: Aug 29, 2014 10:58 AM

    Wow, Jones is cheating for the ‘boys and yet they are a terrible team. At least Peterson has played in the playoffs with the Vikes.

    You gotta hand it to these superstar players and their selfless charity work.

  28. kerzondax says: Aug 29, 2014 11:00 AM

    Why is no one asking … why on EARTH would he want to play for the Cowboys? Putting aside the many responses of “well he plays for the Vikings” I mean … the Cowboys? Really? Explain to me the upside.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:01 AM

    Doesn’t matter. Jones should have said to Peterson “I can’t speak to a player on another team about this issue Adrian, its tampering, thanks for calling.”

    That’s all he had to do and case closed.

  30. FlashPatterson says: Aug 29, 2014 11:04 AM

    So could Adrian Peterson call every GM in the league and say something along these lines? Then the Vikings could get compensated with EVERY draft pick. Seriously though, I can’t blame a guy for wanting to be around home in his 30s, but it does bother me that the Vikings have given him a huge cash and team commitment and he made a call like this. He makes more money than any other running back, which he should, but it seriously handcuffs the vikings when it comes to salary cap.

  31. joecool16280 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:04 AM

    Think this the beginning of the “crazy old man” era for him. Just smile and people.

  32. eagles83 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:06 AM

    Jerry Jones is the greatest Cowboy ever. Never die.

  33. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:10 AM

    I wonder if greenbay has a team?

  34. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 29, 2014 11:16 AM

    I actually hate the Cowboys, in the sense that one can “hate” a football team (which isn’t much) — but I actually do feel sorry for the fans of Cowboy Nation for having this uber-rich egomanical nincompoop behind the wheel, Wizard of Oz style.
    How frustrating it must be – to have a narcissist pulling the strings, and he’s “un-fire-able”. Jerry’s the boss — so he’ll never be “fired.” He’ll be having middle-aged men that have no self-respect clean his glasses for the indefinite future.
    The Cowboys reached such dizzying heights under Landry and Johnson.
    If not for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Landry-led Cowboys would have easily been the Team of the 70’s. No disrespect to the Dolphins or Raiders — but Dallas was good at a league-elite level for the WHOLE decade.
    And Johnson put together an absolute juggernaut – that only Jerry could destroy. The early 90’s Cowboy’s could have made history … well, they did, but I mean BIG-TIME history. Instead, Jerry intervened, hired a buffoon (Switzer) and the team did manage to win one more based off of the monsters Johnson set the table with, and the fact Neil O’Donnell kept throwing directly to DAL CB Larry Johnson time and time again — when Larry Johnson was the ONLY player around.
    Back to the Main Point: Dallas fan must be absolutely miserably having the equivalent of the crappiest fantasy football owner in the league being the only one to the keys to the car. Jerry doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know. Awful.

  35. holdsteady76 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:22 AM

    It is still Jerry’s responsibility to notify the Vikings and the league which he failed to do. This is a clear cut rules violation.

  36. vdogg says: Aug 29, 2014 11:23 AM

    Greatest Show on Earth!
    Barnum and Bailey have nothing on Jerruh and his Billion Dollar Big Top Circus!

    That said – it was tampering, commence the punishment.

  37. purpleguy says: Aug 29, 2014 11:30 AM

    If this weren’t Jerry Jones, no one would give a rip. Notice the call wasn’t to the Green Bay president given the fact that the Packers are the 5th least desired team to play for as voted by NFL players. Hey, you beat out Oakland and Jacksonville there Pack fans, so that’s something. . . .

  38. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 29, 2014 11:39 AM

    JERRY, GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE.

  39. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:40 AM

    Cowboys are one of the teams the Vikings could actually beat.

  40. russrpm says: Aug 29, 2014 11:41 AM

    Maybe the league will give Jones a walk on this since he didn’t sue them over the phony salary cap issue. (Has the stature of limitations run out on that yet?)

  41. notthetroll says: Aug 29, 2014 11:42 AM

    From the NFL anti tampering PDF:
    Contact by Player. If a club is contacted by a player (or his representative)
    who is under contract to or whose negotiating rights are held by another club,
    and such player had not been given permission to deal with other clubs, or
    such player is not in a permissible negotiating period under the terms of an
    operative collective bargaining agreement, then the contacted club is
    prohibited from talking or otherwise dealing with the player or his
    representative, and the contacted club must immediately report such contact
    to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player’s rights.

    Jerry made a mistake in even being nice, but he could wiggle out of it if he called Wilf.

  42. gayforbrady says: Aug 29, 2014 11:44 AM

    30 dollar an hour public defender could get him out of this.

    No proof that who he was speaking to was Peterson. Could be radio show prank.

    Jones was off the clock, drinking in his suite.

    Plausible denibility.

  43. seals1 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:48 AM

    Let’s be honest Viking fans most of us already had the boys pegged for the most likely landing spot if a trade went down last summer. We can also all agree the compensation Jerry offered was not equal to the talent of AP. Deal didn’t happen but it was discussed we all know that.

    Adrian wanting to go home and play does not ruffle feathers one bit,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,now that AP sees the direction of the Purple my guess is he has changed his mind.

    AP will probably still put the Star on before it’s all said and done.

  44. Kaz says: Aug 29, 2014 11:54 AM

    dahead03 says:
    Aug 29, 2014 10:52 AM

    The problem isn’t that he received a call. the problem is that he didn’t immediately report it to the NFL and the Vikings. Had he done that there would be no issue.
    ______

    I think the problem is he foolishly told the reporter what the conversation was about. Now really, what sense does that make? I mean he told EVERYTHING! ***Facepalm***

  45. 667s650w says: Aug 29, 2014 12:01 PM

    Al Davis 2.0 strikes again!

  46. boobsmcgoo says: Aug 29, 2014 12:18 PM

    Who are you talking to???

    Uh……Jake, from State Farm…

  47. gylven says: Aug 29, 2014 12:39 PM

    league should make it happen…take peterson away from vikings and give him to cowboys

  48. GettingNoRespect says: Aug 29, 2014 12:42 PM

    Nobody loves Jerry more than Redskins fans, Eagles fans, and Giants fans!

  49. gylven says: Aug 29, 2014 12:44 PM

    the cowboys are more likely to gain picks from this than lose picks

  50. gylven says: Aug 29, 2014 12:46 PM

    if jerry sold the cowboys he could buy his own division

  51. securb2013 says: Aug 29, 2014 12:52 PM

    I am sure AP made 30 more calls after Jerry.

  52. fissels says: Aug 29, 2014 1:02 PM

    Much ado about nothing. Move on.

  53. RegisHawk says: Aug 29, 2014 1:14 PM

    He cheated. Bust him.

  54. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 29, 2014 1:19 PM

    Shady AD Peterson

  55. teal379 says: Aug 29, 2014 1:21 PM

    Lotta hate for JJ on this. I hate the team but don’t blame him on this.

    What REALLY needs to be mentioned – your franchise actively trying to get off the team before contract time.

    Classless at the least.

  56. ringheadcrusher says: Aug 29, 2014 1:29 PM

    What makes everyone so certain that he didn’t notify Zygi? I don’t see anything that states he didn’t. And yeah, jerry’s a crazy old bilionaire but the fact is it’s HIS team, and he bought it so he could have fun with it. And in the process of having fun with it he brought home 3 SB victories back in the 90s. His team has gone to the playoffs in 12 of the 25 years he has owned it. Just 4 years ago they won the division and spanked PHI in the playoffs. He’s had 3 stagnant seasons but this is the same guy who put together the triplets and hired Jimmy Johnson when everyone thought he was nuts for ditching Landry. The triplets remain the all-time club leaders at their respecxtive positions. He also orchestrated the biggest rip-off trade in history and capitalized on it to the tune of 3 Lombardis. Jerry is no buffoon. He will put it all back together soon. IMO he could use a new coaching staff. Garrett hasn’t done squat for the Cowboys.

  57. xinellum says: Aug 29, 2014 1:36 PM

    Yes, Peterson initiated the call but Jones dropped the ball first by saying he would do what he could to help Peterson get to Dallas (violation) and then failing to notify the Vikings the call occurred (violation). The rule is clear and Jones thinks he is above the rules and probably Goodell will also. From what has occurred or should we say hasn’t occurred regarding Irsay, the Commish is standing up for and protecting the guys who can fire him and who sign his check. So expect as fast and vigorous a penalty for Jones just like we have seen regarding Irsay.

  58. geniusesq says: Aug 29, 2014 1:43 PM

    Why go from bad to worse?

  59. vikingdoode says: Aug 29, 2014 1:50 PM

    problem is that JJ YOU NEEDED TO REPORT IT RIGHT AWAY!

  60. 33vikes says: Aug 29, 2014 1:50 PM

    What an idiot. Rules are in place. He’s an owner. Who initiated it is completely irrelevant. But, Goodell will go easy on him because Dallas is a cash cow.
    Still, FOLLOW THE RULES. It’s really not that complicated.

  61. fishfan39 says: Aug 29, 2014 2:14 PM

    JJ says “I understand the tampering thing, and you have to be an initiator”. Well he WILL understand the tampering thing by the time that the dust settles.

  62. channer81 says: Aug 29, 2014 2:25 PM

    I have been telling my Viking buddies this since AP’s 2k season, should have traded him while the iron was hot, he was getting older, so was that team. Get the house for him then before he’s too old. Now your probably gonna lose him and get nothing in return.. It would have sucked at first losing him, but if you got half of Herschel Walker deal for him and they turned out to be good players you’d get over it.

  63. fugginswheat says: Aug 29, 2014 2:27 PM

    dragonfly99 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:37 AM

    Can you really blame Adrian? He only has a few seasons left and would like to have a shot at playing for a winning team.

    ______________________________________

    So why did he call the Cowboys?!?!?!

  64. codiablo says: Aug 29, 2014 3:19 PM

    After getting thrown under the bus by jerry jones, does AD still want to play for the cowgirls?

  65. chillyball says: Aug 29, 2014 4:19 PM

    Look at all the super owls ap won for us. He fumbled in New Orleans. Leslie Frazier was

  66. Rodgers loves Lanflisi says: Aug 30, 2014 3:20 AM

    greenbaydean says:
    Aug 29, 2014 10:12 AM
    Psh. Where was the big uproar back in 2008 when the Vikings called Favre to get him to come out of retirement while he was still a member of the Packers and play for the Vikings? Vikings got a little of what they dished out! #karma

    ———————————————-

    The whiny girly Packers filed tampering charges against the Vikings. They cried saying Favre and Bevell talked on the phone. Rodger Godcomplex, said there was no evidence anybody could find that there was tampering involved. Don’t try and re-write history.

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