Stephen Jones tries to downplay Adrian Peterson trade talk

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If the Cowboys are on the short list of teams in the mix for Adrian Peterson, they’re working hard to slide off it.

Via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones tried to dash cold water on the rumors during a radio interview on 105.3 The Fan.

I don’t see us using any picks to trade for veteran players,” Jones said.

Now, this could be misdirection nine days before the 2015 NFL Draft begins.

Or it could be a message to the Vikings to adjust their demands, which may be higher than some expected for a running back who doesn’t seem gruntled in Minnesota.

Or, it could just be Stephen being the reasonable one in the family again, declaring that they’re not going to break the bank for an aging running back, and stop a run of what have been reasonably productive drafts (especially at the top).

As soon as the Cowboys let DeMarco Murray walk, and only replaced him with a Darren McFadden, the Peterson link was a set of dots too easy to connect.

But Jones clearly wants the message out there that they’re not trying to connect them.

28 responses to “Stephen Jones tries to downplay Adrian Peterson trade talk

  1. As a Cowboys fan, I get more and more excited about the direction of the franchise every time Stephen Jones speaks or we see his fingerprints on transactions instead of ole Jerry Jones. Finally heading toward stability, depth, and a solid roster instead of a few superstars backed up by scrubs.

  2. erieadams says:Apr 21, 2015 1:41 PM

    This just in Dallas trades Dez to MN for AP and min 2nd rd pick

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    Except you can’t trade a player who isn’t under contract – even if you have franchised him.

  3. Carr would be worthy of a 7th rounder, that in mind, add their 1st and 3rd and you just might have a legitimate shot to land the best back in the league. If the boys go into the season with their current rb’s only, they might not even have a winning record this year.

  4. If Adrian Peterson is the missing link to winning football games, let alone a Super Bowl….why do the Vikes stink so bad!

  5. Going into the season with Mcfadden as the bell cow,,,,,,,,,,ha ha ha. Or maybe a rookie can replace what Demarco did,,,,,,,,ha ha ha.

    Jerry has been neutered in Dallas. Steven has already pulled the plug and the old man is slowly dying.

  6. austinoxford says:
    Apr 21, 2015 1:56 PM

    I’ll give MN Brandon Carr for AP. Nothing more. Maybe a Snickers.
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    You being a Dallas fan that would be a great trade for you being the Cowboys will be dumping Carr in June. Whereas that trade doesn’t make sense for MN. Now if you throw in a 2nd or 3rd round pick to the Vikings that would be more reasonable. The fact is if the Vikings want Carr they can wait till June to get him for free so why give up a much better player to trade for someone that will eventually be available and not as good?

  7. To me a good Dallas/MN trade would be:

    AP to Dallas
    Orlando Scandrick OR Morris Claiborne and a 3rd Round pick to the Vikings.

    30 or not AP is still an explosive RB with a few years left in the tank especially after not playing last year. Scandrick is an up and coming player that had a decent season last year but not much prior to that. Claiborne hasn’t proven himself yet but has the potential to be great.

  8. theuglitruth says:
    Apr 21, 2015 7:45 PM

    If Adrian Peterson is the missing link to winning football games, let alone a Super Bowl….why do the Vikes stink so bad!
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    That’s a very easy answer. For years they have went with bad coaching, front office, they haven’t had a decent QB other than Favre and their OLine has been miserable. Their defense has been bad as well.

    However, now that the defense is improving, they have what possibly could be a franchise QB and their coaching staff much improved, AP could be much better as a team player instead of having to take the load on his shoulders. Put him in a situation where a team is already playoff contenders and he may be the “missing link” as you call it to propel that team to the next level.

  9. If the boys go into the season with their current rb’s only, they might not even have a winning record this year.
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    If the ‘Boys roll with what they currently have, they’ll contend for the NFC East title. If they draft a Melvin Gordon, or Tevin Coleman, or Jay Ajayi, or Duke Johnson, they’re back in the Super Bowl picture.

  10. I’ll give MN Brandon Carr for AP. Nothing more. Maybe a Snickers.
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    You being a Dallas fan that would be a great trade for you being the Cowboys will be dumping Carr in June. Whereas that trade doesn’t make sense for MN. Now if you throw in a 2nd or 3rd round pick to the Vikings that would be more reasonable. The fact is if the Vikings want Carr they can wait till June to get him for free so why give up a much better player to trade for someone that will eventually be available and not as good?
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    Someone needs to activate their sarcasm detector. smh

  11. Scandrick is an up and coming player that had a decent season last year but not much prior to that.
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    Scandrick is “up-and-coming”…? This will be his 8th year in the league. He is what he is: a good (not great) veteran CB.

  12. I’d still like to see the Colts trade Gore and their second round pick for Peterson. Rewrite Peterson’s contract give him guaranteed money which he doesn’t have now and let him play out his career with Indy

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