If Cowboys are truly digging in, they should trade for Adrian Peterson

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The Cowboys are no longer saying that Ezekiel Elliott is the straw that stirs their drink. They’re saying instead that their drink doesn’t need a straw.

It’s posturing, plain and simple. The Cowboys can’t afford to quickly cave on Zeke, or other agents of other players will regard the Cowboys are weaker than the Ukraine. And so as Zeke heaves a medicine ball at the YMCA in Cabo, the team has no choice but to adopt a posture of indifference, not desperation.

The real question is whether, if the holdout lingers, the Cowboys will make arrangements to proceed into the regular season without Elliott. For now, they’ve signed running back Alfred Morris. Here’s what former Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus, who currently writes for the team’s official website, had to say about the decision to bring back Morris after a one-year detour to San Francisco: “I believe that you have to think that this might last a while. This team does a great job of protecting themselves for these types of situations. The next move might be consider trading for a player if this does go longer.”

It’s an intriguing thought. And the most intriguing trade option for the Cowboys involves a Texas native who has previously made it clear that he’d like to play in Dallas: Adrian Peterson.

The problem, of course, is that Peterson currently plays for Washington, one of the Cowboys’ arch-rivals. Also, Washington gave Peterson a $1.5 million signing bonus earlier this year, and they’d likely want added compensation for taking a hit of $750,000 this year and next year. But with coach Jay Gruden recently raving about Samaje Perine and with 2018 second-rounder Derrius Guice healthier than expected, maybe Peterson is expendable — albeit potentially expensive.

It’s a spitball at this point, nothing more. The broader point is that, if the Cowboys are serious about taking a hard line with Elliott, signing a player like Alfred Morris won’t convince anyone of that. Trading for a player like Peterson definitely will.

90 responses to “If Cowboys are truly digging in, they should trade for Adrian Peterson

  1. Zeke cannot sit all year. He’ll have to show up to get a year of service to count for free agency. Will be curious to see how Dak does if Zeke misses real games.

  2. Welcome to the Cowboys AP. I know you’ll be happy playing for a winner, than a perennial loser like the Redskins 😂

  3. dmca12 says:
    July 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Zeke cannot sit all year. He’ll have to show up to get a year of service to count for free agency. Will be curious to see how Dak does if Zeke misses real games.
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    never thought i’d see le’veon sit all year. until he did.

  4. Jerry needs to pay Zeke. It’s the nature of NFL contracts, alot is not guaranteed. What would Jerry do if Zeke had an injury and his level of play deminished. Stop the nonsense, and get the Cowboys best player paid and back on the field.

  5. Peterson isn’t the same back as when in Minnesota. He isn’t worth trading for and if Washington is happy with the other two backs chances are they will release Peterson before the season.

  6. The Redskins should not let Adrian Peterson go to the Dallas team.

    He’s a valuable piece of the puzzle for a Redskins team that needs to increase offensive production significantly to have a chance at any success this year, and the other rb’s on the Redskins are all unproven.

  7. You signed it, Play out your Damn contract! If not cut him! It is about time players get treated like the spoiled bitches they are, and if only owners would stand together on these players this foolishness would end. Play or retire until the end of your contract being paid NOTHING! Also if they don’t honor a playing contract, no Analyst/Broadcast jobs either.
    I think Peterson still has some gas in the tank. The guy is a freak of Nature.

  8. Just when the Cowboys appear to be true contenders, they revert back to their mediocre ways. I feel for their fans.

  9. As much as it’d be a headline, no one is trading for today’s Adrian Peterson.

  10. Trading for a player like Peterson definitely will turn out badly for the cowboys.

  11. I gotta think that if (big if) this was to happen it would put some pep in A.P.’s step this season. Playing close to home, fulfilling a dream and what not. That being said, I don’t imagine the pieces would line up and Zeke will probably be back at some point to make this a moot point.

  12. Unless Dallas gave Washington a starting left tackle, why the heck would they bail Dallas out? Just don’t understand the logic of this trade from Washington perspective.

  13. kingthielanscourt says:
    July 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    You signed it, Play out your Damn contract! If not cut him! It is about time players get treated like the spoiled bitches they are, and if only owners would stand together on these players this foolishness would end. Play or retire until the end of your contract being paid NOTHING! Also if they don’t honor a playing contract, no Analyst/Broadcast jobs either.
    I think Peterson still has some gas in the tank. The guy is a freak of Nature.
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    How do you decide where you’re going to use capital letters? Is there a system, or is it random?

  14. Trade Zeke to Buffalo for Shady and a 2nd and 7th rounder pick. Buffalo can then out do the Jets by paying him more than Le’Veon.

  15. There is a fine line between taking a hard line and burning the bridge.

    I don’t know what Ezekiel Elliot is asking for salary wise and what Dallas has offered but anyone who thinks with the amount of carries Elliot is asked to take yearly and the salary he is currently making work, then they are joking. If the Cowboys are stupid enough to burn the bridge then that’s their loss.

  16. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    July 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    Zeke cannot sit all year. He’ll have to show up to get a year of service to count for free agency. Will be curious to see how Dak does if Zeke misses real games.
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    If history is any indication, NOT WELL.
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    Cowboys are 4-0 in the last four games played without Elliott.

  17. Trade Zeke to Seattle for Chris Carson and a 2. Seattle has the draft capital and tons of cap space, and Carson is 90% of Zeke on the field. Seahawks get the elite back they’ve wanted since Beast quit on them, and Cowboys get a Zeke-like talent and cap relief. Win win win for everybody.

  18. Whoever tries to use Bell as a comparison, has zero understanding of the 2 individual cases. Bell had played through his contract. Zeke is still on his rookie contract with 2 years remaining.

    If Zeke sits, he doesnt accrue a season of service. He must show up for at least 8 games to get credit towards FA. So let the man sit. This is not the NBA. And that is a good thing.

  19. Zeke has to report by August 6th if he wants this year to count toward free agency eligibility. If he doesn’t report by then, he’s an idiot. He has 2 years left on his rookie contract, he should’ve waited until next year to do this. And there is no way the Cowboys should trade for AP. If they really think Zeke will miss actual games, Jay Ajayi is sitting by the phone. Call him up Jerry!

  20. Backs don’t mean much until u don’t have a good one, but u don’t need a great one to be champion just a good one, and Dallas has a couple of good running backs right now they’re fine without Zeke

  21. Forget the flawed “straw” analogy – the better way to look at a roster is as a “car”, and everyone with any sense knows the Dallas automobile has the Offensive Line as the engine. The defense is the sturdy body, Prescott is…maybe the wheels? Necessary and good enough to do that vital job. Elliott? He’s an added bonus, maybe extra premium fuel that makes the engine run even better or something, but not “necessary”. Better to have than not have, but not the key.

  22. No fan knows what’s in Zeke head except maybe his agent. As much as I like Duke Johnson, he no replacement for Zeke. Duke and Zeke are completely different type backs. Duke would be a great compliment to Zeke, but he’s not the control back the Cowboys want. However Peterson, if healthy, could be. Peterson isn’t the back who can make long runs anymore. Now he is more of a pounder who can move the line backward and gain 2-4 yards with an occasional run for more. With Dallas’s OL, that could be all the Cowboys need to control the game. In any case, that the type of back Dallas is looking for. The Cowboys need a RB that can help control the game the way Zeke does. Maybe it’s already in camp. Maybe not. That’s what summer camp is for. To see what you have going forward.

  23. Why don’t people (writers) understand this one immutable fact?: Division rivals don’t trade with each other.

    I can see Denver trading Emmanuel Sanders to my Raiders. SURE!!! NEVER gonna happen!

  24. dmca12 says:
    July 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Zeke cannot sit all year. He’ll have to show up to get a year of service to count for free agency. Will be curious to see how Dak does if Zeke misses real games.

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    We all said the same thing about Bell last season. And dude for real sat for an entire year.

  25. RussianBreadMaker says:
    July 30, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Honestly, they should trade for Trent Williams and get rid of that left tackle that cant stay healthy.
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    Why would they trade for a FAR inferior LT that has missed more games than Tyron Smith? Tyron has never missed more than 3 games in a season. Besides, your convoluted QB situation will need all the help it can get in Skins land.

  26. Two things for those of you commenting on sitting out. Bell was under a franchise tag and knew the Steelers wouldn’t tag him again so he could sit out. Demarco Murray was also a feee agent and out of the league three years after the cowboys refused to give him a big contract so he too could walk . What many of you are forgetting is that zeke is under contract for two more years before he even gets to the franchise tag so that’s three years of being under control. He has no leverage and the cowboys know it. HE can but won’t sit out for 3/4 years. Given his questionable decisions off the field I’m quite sure he’s hasn’t been that smart with money.

  27. Hold the front door… not one.. NOT ONE comment from anyone regarding Adrian Peterson’s child abuse, not Disproved Allegations, but Proven Criminal Charges. He beat the kid and took a switch to his privates. Why am I not surprised… hypocrites.

  28. kingthielanscourt says:
    July 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    You signed it, Play out your Damn contract! If not cut him! It is about time players get treated like the spoiled bitches they are, and if only owners would stand together on these players this foolishness would end. Play or retire until the end of your contract being paid NOTHING! Also if they don’t honor a playing contract, no Analyst/Broadcast jobs either.
    I think Peterson still has some gas in the tank. The guy is a freak of Nature.
    ——————————————————————————————You do understand players don’t really negotiate rookie deal? They’re preset. A business course would teach you, Zeke is making the smartest decision for him and his family.

  29. Peterson signed what is effectively 1 one year. $2.5 million contract with a team option for a second year at $2.5 million.

    That is not the contract of Zeke Elliot’s replacement. More Brandon Bolden.

  30. Dallas should look to trade Zeke and strengthen their offense in a different way than running back. There are several top running backs in next years draft. The Colts were in on the Lev Bell bidding until the end before he signed with the Jets. And the Colts are reportedly high on their young tight end Mo Alie Cox as well as getting Jack Doyle back this year. So if you’re Dallas you deal Zeke to the Colts for Eric Ebron and a 4th-5th round pick. Then send that 4th-5th round pick to the Bengals for Giovani Bernard. The Bengals drafted rbs Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson and should be happy to get a 4th-5th round pick for Gio, who is in the last year of his contract.

    End result is Zeke for Eric Ebron and Gio Bernard who is in a contract year.

  31. Duke Johnson behind that Oline would be fire. He could rush for 1,000 yards easy. No wear on his tires either

  32. redsoxu571 says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    Forget the flawed “straw” analogy – the better way to look at a roster is as a “car”, and everyone with any sense knows the Dallas automobile has the Offensive Line as the engine. The defense is the sturdy body, Prescott is…maybe the wheels? Necessary and good enough to do that vital job. Elliott? He’s an added bonus, maybe extra premium fuel that makes the engine run even better or something, but not “necessary”. Better to have than not have, but not the key.
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    You must not watch the Cowboys. The offensive line was battered last year. Zeke is the engine.

  33. The Redskins are not going to trade anything to Dallas . . . jeesh, you’d think you guys were busy enough already with training camp in full swing and would not have to put up garbage like this . . . jeesh

  34. You cannot compare Zeke and Le’Veon. Le’veon sat through his second franchise tag. He knew if they tagged him again it was 25+ million guaranteed and they were not going to do that. He would sit one year max. Zeke has 2 full years remaining plus 2 franchise years to get to that point. He will not sit out 4 full years and if he does he is done. Zeke will be there when it matters. R-E-L-A-X.

  35. At this stage of his career, Peterson is probably not as good as the other RBs on the Cowboys roster. Peterson’s complete inability to participate in the passing game make him essentially obsolete as a feature back.

  36. Dallas should look to trade Zeke and strengthen their offense in a different way than running back. There are several top running backs in next years draft. The Colts were in on the Lev Bell bidding until the end before he signed with the Jets. And the Colts are reportedly high on their young tight end Mo Alie Cox as well as getting Jack Doyle back this year. So if you’re Dallas you deal Zeke to the Colts for Eric Ebron and a 4th-5th round pick. Then send that 4th-5th round pick to the Bengals for Giovani Bernard. The Bengals drafted rbs Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson and should be happy to get a 4th-5th round pick for Gio, who is in the last year of his contract.

    End result is Zeke for Eric Ebron and Gio Bernard who is in a contract year.
    …………………………..

    Zeke for Ebron and a 4th or 5th?! Are you crazy?! I know RB has become a replaceable position, but we’re talking about an elite player here. This is just posturing, he will be there….probably on August 5th.

  37. I’m guessing AD will be available on the waiver wire after Aug. 29th
    Otherwise, there’s zero chance you’d trade in your own division to make a rival better.

  38. jdubkc says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:46 pm
    Hold the front door… not one.. NOT ONE comment from anyone regarding Adrian Peterson’s child abuse, not Disproved Allegations, but Proven Criminal Charges. He beat the kid and took a switch to his privates. Why am I not surprised… hypocrites.

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    Peterson already sat our an entire season because of this. That is exactly what Tyreek should do.

  39. Different backs. Even in his prime Peterson wasn’t the blocker or receiver that Zeke is. There are no tells with Zeke in the game as far as what the play is likely to be.

  40. kilgoretrout2 says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:33 pm
    dmca12 says:
    July 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Zeke cannot sit all year. He’ll have to show up to get a year of service to count for free agency. Will be curious to see how Dak does if Zeke misses real games.

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    We all said the same thing about Bell last season. And dude for real sat for an entire year.
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    Not even CLOSE to the same scenario. Go do the research and then come back.

  41. jcashman23 says:
    July 30, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Zeke for Ebron and a 4th or 5th?! Are you crazy?! I know RB has become a replaceable position, but we’re talking about an elite player here.

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    What do you think a 26 year old tight end who scored 13 touchdowns last year and was the 10th pick overall in 2014 is? Did you see what Ebron did for the Colts offense? You might wanna rethink your position here…

  42. daysend564 says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    July 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    Zeke cannot sit all year. He’ll have to show up to get a year of service to count for free agency. Will be curious to see how Dak does if Zeke misses real games.
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    If history is any indication, NOT WELL.
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    Cowboys are 4-0 in the last four games played without Elliott.
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    If Elliot is unavailable I GUARANTEE you Dak's interceptions will go through the roof

  43. RBs need to understand reality.

    No matter how good you are, or think you are, you’re a bigger injury risk and the drop in production for a decent back with a $1 million salary cap hit is not that much. Big second contracts for RBs are a thing of the past.

    Also the Cowboys have an offensive line that would make aunt Mildred look good running the ball.

  44. The Boys are in a bad spot. They “have” to dish out 3 serious contracts are face losing their offense. Cooper wants crazy money, Dak wants 30+ million, and Zeke thinks hes worth more then all of em. They are is a bad spot with a playoff team..well used to be!

  45. Florio – You’ve been wanting this hold out all year. You kept writing about it…fantasizing about it. You think Washington is gonna trade with Dallas?

  46. Gods no, if you need a older guy stop gap it’d be way better to target someone like Frank Gore, who’ll work his tail off running the ball and improve the passing game with his blocking.

  47. Sure, then they can have both Morris and Peterson to average 3 yards per carry. Morris has always been a likable guy and Peterson is an all-time great, but there’s a reason they’ve been on the fringes the past couple years and it took major injuries for each to see the field. Peterson had a comeback year but it’s feast or famine (120 yards or 20) with him and he’s 34 with one decent season since 2015.

  48. it’s a nice idea, but few problems. First, I don’t see Washington trading one of the only guys they have that can put butts in the seats to help their most hated rivals. Second, they really have no choice but to get a deal done. With Elliott, this team is talented enough for a Superbowl run. Without him, they’d need everything else to go right just to sniff the playoffs. I think something will happen before the end of camp, be it a contract, or Zeke deciding to report and play ball. Most likely the former.

  49. SWFLPC.INC says:

    July 30, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    jdubkc says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:46 pm
    Hold the front door… not one.. NOT ONE comment from anyone regarding Adrian Peterson’s child abuse, not Disproved Allegations, but Proven Criminal Charges. He beat the kid and took a switch to his privates. Why am I not surprised… hypocrites.

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    Peterson already sat our an entire season because of this. That is exactly what Tyreek should do.
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    *disproven allegations. Means Nothing? Lets play pretend and say Tyreek was guilty, sitting out 1 year from work makes it okay? I cant even comprehend where your heads at.

  50. Hey Buffalo, are you paying attention? You have a plethora of backs, maybe Shady would be a good fit.

  51. jdubkc says:
    July 30, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:

    July 30, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    jdubkc says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:46 pm
    Hold the front door… not one.. NOT ONE comment from anyone regarding Adrian Peterson’s child abuse, not Disproved Allegations, but Proven Criminal Charges. He beat the kid and took a switch to his privates. Why am I not surprised… hypocrites.

    ————–

    Peterson already sat our an entire season because of this. That is exactly what Tyreek should do.
    _____________

    *disproven allegations. Means Nothing? Lets play pretend and say Tyreek was guilty, sitting out 1 year from work makes it okay? I cant even comprehend where your heads at.

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    Hill already admitted to assaulting his pregnant wife by punching here in the abdomen. That in and of itself should be enough to earn him a lifetime ban from the NFL and a trip to prison. That’s where my head is at…..how about yours?

  52. Doubt Cowboys even trade a 7th rounder for him. But stranger things have happened. RB is a position that no one in the league (except the Jets, LOL) overvalues. And Zeke is probably the best RB in the league. At his workload, probably only have 2-3 years left max before the wheels come off, if not earlier. So can’t fault the guy for getting money now.

  53. “A business course would teach you, Zeke is making the smartest decision for him and his family.”

    Really, he’s under contract for 2 more years. He has no leverage. He can’t accrue another year toward free agency unless he shows up so all they have to do is wait. He picked the wrong year to do this.

    Maybe if he hadn’t already been suspended for bad behavior off the field AND just got done meeting with Goodell for bad behavior THIS offseason right before he demanded a new deal, they would have considered it. And apparently they have offered him more money and he said no. He can’t do anything to help himself right now unless they cave and pay him or trade him. And then they are telling any young player he can hold them hostage for more money while still on a fully guaranteed rookie contract. No way.

    You win a Superbowl when you have some key talent on rookie deals, not when you overpay an immature guy 2 years before his deal is up, knowing he is one nightclub incident away from a longer suspension.

  54. No thanks, the Redskins have a good running back group. Ukraine regained its sovereignty 28 years ago – ‘the Ukraine’ was under Soviet tyranny for 70 years preceeding.

  55. kingthielanscourt says:

    July 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    You signed it, Play out your Damn contract! If not cut him! It is about time players get treated like the spoiled bitches they are, and if only owners would stand together on these players this foolishness would end. Play or retire until the end of your contract being paid NOTHING! Also if they don’t honor a playing contract, no Analyst/Broadcast jobs either.
    I think Peterson still has some gas in the tank. The guy is a freak of Nature.

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    I support this if the teams are also beholden to the entire term of the contract and if they cut a player they can’t sign another person.

    Seems only fair right?

  56. akaodoyle says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm
    Kramer was right though, the Ukraine is weak. Putin has proven that more than once.

    10 2 Rate This

    We are living in the stupidest possible timeline when proud conservatives praise Putin who is an active enemy in the US. This is not only party over country, this is other country over the US just to “own the libs.” Good job.

  57. Haha @ the guy saying they are 4-0 in their last 4 without zeke. Let’s just hope the cowboys brass uses that hollow stat in their decision making and proceeds without him. They’re due for an 8-8 season anyhow and they’ll be lucky to get to that without this guy.

  58. I wish one day there would be two stars that hold out because the other wasn’t getting deal. Imagine missing both your star QB and RB/WR due holding out. That would basically shut down your chances of getting anywhere that season and would really drive owners into a corner.

  59. Why on earth would Washington want to help out their division rival? If the Skins do end up trading Peterson, it sure won’t be to the NFC East and maybe not even to the NFC at all.

  60. When a so called “Elete” player gets an outrageous contract he takes money from his brothers in the trenches.

  61. SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Hill already admitted to assaulting his pregnant wife by punching here in the abdomen. That in and of itself should be enough to earn him a lifetime ban from the NFL and a trip to prison. That’s where my head is at…..how about yours?
    _______________

    Not talking about the College incident, way to change direction. He has denied he did that, he took a plea deal. Read up. He even denied it while being secretly recorded. But Ill give you the head lock. So are you saying he should be punished now, after being in the league for years. You were fine with AP sitting out 1 year before being accepted back to the NFL, and not going to prison for beating his child. But you are not fine with an innocent man not going to prison, he wasn’t even charged. Backwards.

  62. Shady McCoy might have enough juice left to be a lot more serviceable that Adrian Peterson. There are a lot of backs out there that would be more attainable and better all purpose backs…

  63. IMO, Zeke will eventually get paid and NOT miss any games. As everybody knows these are 3 top notch negotiations and Stephen needs to squeeze every mil he can in order to keep our young team intact! Its gonna take time and with Zeke holding out this year is 1 yr to early and they know it so deal gets done for sure for all 3 before season starts or definitely before season ends

  64. I agree with this. They should trade for AP. Heck, might even make sense to trade Zeke for AP (not straight up, mind you). Zeke is going to get big big money. Dan Snyder would pay it 😉

  65. Who ever wrote
    At this stage of his career, Peterson is probably not as good as the other RBs on the Cowboys roster. Peterson’s complete inability to participate in the passing game make him essentially obsolete as a feature back.

    is wrong. Peterson caught 20 of 26 last year for 10.5 yd per catch average. However the truth is AP is a shot player. The Redskins know they jipped him last year when they paid him league minimum so they rectified it by paying him this year. But make no mistake Peterson will get released as he’s a shot RB. Ironically he wasn’t shot in 2017 when he average 75 yards a game with a terrible Cardinal team.

    AP needs to retire, he’s a ghost of his former self. People talk about AP’s age but that isn’t the problem, the problem is those major injuries have aged with him and now the body parts don’t work so well. His long runs against the Giants and Philly was shocking, he simply isnt the same guy or even close to being the same guy.

  66. davekva says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    Zeke has to report by August 6th if he wants this year to count toward free agency eligibility. If he doesn’t report by then, he’s an idiot. He has 2 years left on his rookie contract, he should’ve waited until next year to do this. And there is no way the Cowboys should trade for AP. If they really think Zeke will miss actual games, Jay Ajayi is sitting by the phone. Call him up Jerry!
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    You mean “4 game” Ajayi, that’s funny! There’s a good reason he’s sitting by the phone.

  67. “You mean “4 game” Ajayi, that’s funny! There’s a good reason he’s sitting by the phone.”

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    What’s that, his ring’s too heavy?

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