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.

66 responses to “Jerry Jones points out that Peterson initiated the call

  1. 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

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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?

  4. 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!!!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. . . .

  16. 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?)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.
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    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***

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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

  28. 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

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    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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