Adrian Peterson has only just been reinstated by Roger Goodell and the National Football League, but the Minnesota Vikings stars' future has never looked murkier.
Whilst Peterson is officially a Vikings player again, it is not know how long he will be in Minneapolis for. Peterson was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List by the Minnesota Vikings immediately after details emerged of the child abuse case he was being investigated for and it seems that Peterson still hasn't forgiven the Vikes for that.
It is the worst kept secret in the NFL that Peterson would like to play for the Dallas Cowboys, but after comments today from Cowboys executive Stephen Jones, it seems like AP's wishes won't be coming true.
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No Draft Trades
Jones, whose official title is Executive Vice President, appeared on KRLD-FM on Tuesday and threw cold water on the idea that the Cowboys would be making a trade during the draft in order to pick up a veteran running back like Peterson.
"I don't see that happening," Jones said when asked about the possibility of trading for a veteran running back, via ESPN.com. "I think draft picks are so important for us. That's where your value is in this salary-cap era."
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Picks are Important
"I see us using all of our picks and hopefully do it in a good, wise way," Jones went on to add. "Hopefully when the draft is all said and done, we'll have really improved our football team. I don't see us using any picks to trade for veteran ballplayers."
The Cowboys did a damn good job in the draft last time out. In the first round they played it safe - reports stated that Stephen Jones physically had to take Johnny Manziel's draft card out of Jerry Jones' hands - and they went with Zack Martin, a talented offensive lineman who was named a Pro Bowler in his rookie year.
Dallas then traded up in the second round of the draft to select defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence out of Boise State, an edge rusher who was expected to go in the 1st, but slipped and the 'Boys stepped up, took a chance and brought him in. Lawrence was injured for most of the season however and will look to finally muscle his way to the top of the depth chart in his sophomore year.
Other Backs on Offer
Thanks to the play of the aforementioned Zack Martin and the rest of the offensive line, Dallas excelled. They will again in 2015, which is why it seems like a great time for the Cowboys to draft a young, talented halfback than spend multiple picks on Adrian Peterson.
The Cowboys need a replacement for DeMarco Murray and they've been smart by hosting some of the top backs available in the draft, such as Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Jay Ajayi and T.J. Yeldon.
When you take those players, then add the likes of Duke Johnson and Ameer Abdullah, you see there is plenty of special backs on offer, all of whom could make a very real impact as a rookie in the Cowboys system.