Adrian Peterson article on Cowboys website probably doesn’t amount to tampering

AP

Last year, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones arguably violated tampering rules via a “pig Latin” phone conversation with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, during which Peterson expressed an interest in playing for the Cowboys and immediately after which Jones didn’t alert the Vikings to the comments from Peterson.  The NFL did not punish the Cowboys in any way.

With Peterson reinstated on Thursday following a suspension under the personal conduct policy, the website operated by the team Jones owns posted an article regarding the impact Peterson would have on the roster.  It looks and feels like tampering.  Based, however, on the plain language of the NFL Anti-Tampering Policy, the article doesn’t constitute tampering.

“Articles that appear on the website of a club that identify prospective free agents that the team might be interested in, or that rate prospective free agents, shall not be considered violations of the Anti-Tampering Policy unless they include a direct quote or expression of interest by an employee of the club (other than the author of the article) about a specific player,” the policy states.

The article, written by Rob Phillips, argues that the Cowboys should be interested in Peterson, but it contains no direct quote or expression of interest by any employee of the club, other than the author.  So it doesn’t appear to be tampering, as tampering is defined by a policy that is rarely enforced even when tampering obviously has happened.

That said, Peterson isn’t a “prospective free agent”; he’s under contract for three years. Given that the NFL rarely whacks a team for tampering even when the evidence is clear, the NFL may find a way to wedge Peterson within the language of the rule that allows articles on team websites.  We’ve asked the NFL to clarify the policy as applied to this situation.

39 responses to “Adrian Peterson article on Cowboys website probably doesn’t amount to tampering

  1. Articles that appear on the website of a club that identify prospective free agents that the team might be interested in, or that rate prospective free agents, shall not be considered violations of the Anti-Tampering Policy unless they include a direct quote or expression of interest by an employee of the club (other than the author of the article) about a specific player,” the policy states.
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    Here is the thing……Peterson will not be a free agent for another 3 years and there has been no indication the Vikings plan to cut him. It absolutely is tampering and this is now the SECOND,/b> time the Cowboys have done it!

  2. Adrian Peterson WOULD be great on the Cowboys!

    And Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson would make a GREAT tandem on the Vikings and make them contenders.

    I know the offseason is dragging on, but this talk is silly, the Vikings aren’t going to trade their best player. The Patriots aren’t going to trade Tom Brady, the Texans aren’t going to trade JJ Watt. Those scenarios sound stupid don’t they? People will believe anything these days.

  3. Sounds like bologna to me.
    Further shows that the teams have very little control over their own websites.

  4. Keep trading away your best players and picking up from the players we have used up and given championships to. Favre, Jacke, Sharper, Jennings, Harris, etc, etc, etc, pathetic, sad, purple people…..ha, ha, ha, your the joke of the division and you should send thank you cards to the Browns or you would be the jock strap of the NFL…..please, please queens never leave the NFC North. You queens make my day, now get busy tying to find out who the Kings of the NFC North cut next and see if you can overpay them….Favre’s beautiful interception that lost you a potential shot will live on for ever….ha, ha, ha, way to get the cash Favre.

  5. bs we all know what the classless cb are trying and sooner rather than later they will get whats coming to them

  6. With Jerrah being one of Rodger’s inner circle, nothing will happen. Goodell only likes to pick on the weak owners

  7. I get he is talented, but some people have him placed a pedestal higher than I am willing to put him on. I feel that his position has diminished immensely in value, that many teams feel its better to have 2 solid RBs than one great one that has all the carries.

    Peterson is 30, he has a HUGE contract at a position where its been seen so often where you take the field and is gone, Shaun Alexander, Portis, Tomlinson, heck even the guy that was drafted in the same class as AP Chris Johnson.

    If the Vikings get a 2nd and 4th for him they should jump all over it because that is about the best value they could possibly get anyone else gives up more they are silly

  8. lavamachine says:
    Apr 16, 2015 10:37 PM

    Keep trading away your best players and picking up from the players we have used up and given championships to. Favre, Jacke, Sharper, Jennings, Harris, etc, etc, etc, pathetic, sad, purple people…..ha, ha, ha, your the joke of the division and you should send thank you cards to the Browns or you would be the jock strap of the NFL…..please, please queens never leave the NFC North. You queens make my day blah, blah, blah.
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    From a Packer fan that witnessed his team implode against the ‘hawk in NFC Championship game.

    You’re just worried like all the cheesehead masses that the Vike are on a roll again and the Pack is in a downwind spiral-remember the 70’s and 80’s-back to being irrelevant lmao

  9. AD KNEW he was in trouble and tried to get out of Minnesota with a trade.

    He chose Dallas because he’s from Texas.

    And in the end, the disclosure of that call was the nail in AD’s viking career.

  10. What I don’t understand about Jerry’s seeming obsession with Peterson is Murray seemed like a better fit for their offense. While Adrian is the better pure runner, he doesn’t read blocks as well as Murray and is no where near as good of a pass catcher. Hopefully this soap opera is over soon!

  11. Don’t know why anyone would want that piece of Viking filth on their team.

    And any team stupid enough to trade for him deserves the massive PR nightmare he represents.

  12. lavamachine says:

    ha, ha, ha, your the joke of the division and you should send thank you cards to the Browns or you would be the jock strap of the NFL…..
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    Joke of the division?

    Why then do the Vikings have more NFC Central/North Championships than the Bears, Lions and Packers?

    The joke of the division was the Packer teams that went 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season.

    That was all or part of 4 DECADES!

    19 of those years the Packers didn’t even manage to have a winning season!

    Even the Browns are better than that…

  13. You armadillo eating, goofy hat wearing Cowgirl fans need to wake up out of your dream. AD will NEVER be a Cowgirl. Bottom Feeder Jerry jones has a better chance of being young and handsome and we all know thats a joke….

  14. petty, very petty. The NFL is still in America right? Freedom of speech is part of our core values. Doesn’t the constitution trump all this?
    It’s a sad day when an owner can’t say, “he’s a great player, I would love to have him on my team”.

    The NFL is starting to get bigger than law of the land.

  15. thejuddstir says:
    Apr 16, 2015 11:09 PM
    With Jerrah being one of Rodger’s inner circle, nothing will happen.
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    That must be why Mara Jr. got the commissioner to fine Jerry and Snyder millions of dollars for not breaking any rules.

  16. Since January, when all this AP bs speculation started, the Dallas, Cowboys, the Texas media, and Cowboys fans have launched a single-minded mission to poach another team’s contracted player, and just because a player, who has no power or legal recourse to do so (which the Cowboys well knew), stated he wanted to play for that team. It’s tampering alright, maybe a convoluted form, but tampering nontheless. And I don’t believe for a moment that Jerry Jones isn’t behind all of it. The Cowboys should lose a draft pick, no debate.

  17. Mike Florio, I hope you pursue this tampering story because it’s viable alright. I read an article from The Landry Hat titled, “Dallas Has Two Weeks to Trade For Peterson”. What?? It’s like Minny saying we have two weeks to trade for Dez Bryant. It’s so. . .intrusive. I have no doubt Jerry is behind much of this assault, and is tampering via others.

  18. gtodriver says:
    Joke of the division?

    Why then do the Vikings have more NFC Central/North Championships than the Bears, Lions and Packers?

    The joke of the division was the Packer teams that went 25 years without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season.

    That was all or part of 4 DECADES!

    19 of those years the Packers didn’t even manage to have a winning season!

    Even the Browns are better than that…

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    What year span was that?

  19. To me it is tampering. I don’t hate the Cowboys but in this scenario, since AP is not a prospective free agent, they are using their website to further lure him so it seems. Tampering any way you slice it.

  20. After the Packers won the Super Bowl in 1967, they only made the playoffs twice in the years 1968-1992. The first time was in 1972, when they only mustered a field goal against Washington, the second was in 1982 during the strike-shortened season in which only 9 regular season games were played and the playoffs were expanded to 16 teams. In that year 4 of the 5 Central Division teams made the playoffs – including the Packers.

  21. Its tampering only if you wear purple colored glasses. Those same glasses that yeild so many Spring Paper Championships, potential HOF’ers in every draft and the smartest FA signings (ignoring Craig Jennings, Berriman and Fred Smoot of course)

  22. The Vikings have as much to show from 1968 to 1993 as the Packers. Which is nothing. And labeling it “four decades” is a stretch, but whatever.

    What are busting your buttons about? Having the most “maybe next year” blue ribbons?

    OK…you win. Good job. You’re the best of the worst! Congratulations.

    I guess this means it is OK to bring up the old championships earned by Green Bay? Nothing is too old anymore? Do I have that right?

  23. navyvike says:
    Apr 16, 2015 11:36 PM

    From a Packer fan that witnessed his team implode against the ‘hawk in NFC Championship game.

    You’re just worried like all the cheesehead masses that the Vike are on a roll again and the Pack is in a downwind spiral-remember the 70’s and 80’s-back to being irrelevant lmao
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    The Vikings are on a roll? In the last 5 years they have had ONE winning season and lost 10 or more games 3 times.

    I hate to see what you consider a slump.

  24. Convenient you chose the last 5 years, rather than the last 45…since the modern age began.

    Vikings: 16 division titles
    Greenbay Packers: 13

    And what’s worse is that you only got those because of your luck with back to back QB’s. Your team had a losing record almost every single season without a pro-bowl QB. If any other team had the same luck with QB’s they’d have far more Superbowls than the 2 GB managed. Case and Point: The Patriots.

    You’ve got 2…maybe 3 years left before Rodgers’ play crashes, and your team with him.

  25. If “any other team” had the same luck with QB’s, they’d have far more Superbowls than the 2 GB managed.

    …and then you list one team. One.

    What about “any other team?” Look it up: “The 50 Greatest Quarterbacks to Never Win a SuperBowl.”

    Nearly 15% are ex-Vikings.

    The Vikings have had their chances to do great things. If any team has proven it isn’t easy….it’s the Vikings.

  26. woah. careful stellar. that last sentence was almost a compliment to the minnesota vikings.

  27. Frazier28/7 says:
    Apr 17, 2015 5:41 PM
    woah. careful stellar. that last sentence was almost a compliment to the minnesota vikings.
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    I have nothing against the Vikings. I’m a reactive poster. When your trolls post proactive garbage, I react. When it stops, I’ll stop. Until then they’ll simply have to get used to the truth.

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