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 Natta, 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.

75 responses to “Report: Peterson, Jones talked about Adrian playing in Dallas

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

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

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!!!

  12. 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?

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!!!

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!!

  30. 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…

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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?

  34. 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!!

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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…

  39. 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.

  40. 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.


    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!

  41. 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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