It is being reported by Outside the Lines that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson informed Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones that he would like to join the Cowboys at the end of his current contract.
Jones' immediate response was of mutual respect and admiration. "Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones said to Peterson. "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."
These details have come to light from an expansive profile from Outside the Lines and combination with ESPN the Magazine by Don Van Natta Jr, which hit news stands early Thursday.
During Jones' call with Peterson, Van Natta was in the Owner's suite at AT&T stadium, when a friend handed Jones the phone. The two spoke briefly, and Jones's side sounded as though they new the idea of Peterson joining the franchise anytime soon was just a pipe dream. "Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen," Jones told Peterson. "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."
There are specific steps the NFL has detailed on tampering issues. If a team is approached by a player under contract with another team: "...the contacted club must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player's rights." "Severe" penalties can result from failing to do report. Jones said there has been no contact between himself and Peterson since, and that he had not reported it to the Vikings. It remains to be seen how the NFL, Vikings, and Cowboys will sort out this issue.
As for Peterson, he is in his fourth year of a seven-year contract that will pay him 100 million dollars. This year his salary is 11.75 million dollars, and he will be suiting up for the Minnesota Vikings.