Adrian Peterson has agreed to a plea deal in his child abuse case meaning that his reinstatement to the NFL, depending on the decision of Commissioner Roger Goodell, could be on the horizon.
However with his subsequent off-the-field issues and the negative attention that would be obtained by a franchise having the running back in their ranks, his future with the Minnesota Vikings in particularly shrouded in mystery.
Many factors will contribute to the decision of the Vikings to whether they keep Peterson to his current deal or whether they release the once MVP of the NFL, and you know who will be ready to swoop in if he becomes a free agent, how 'bout them Cowboys?
Peterson who was born in Texas has many ties to the Dallas franchise, it was only recently that speculation was sparked over a possible future with the Cowboys after interactions between the running back and the Dallas owner Jerry Jones emerged.
The Vikings may want to keep Peterson despite the large contract they must honour, the Cowboys also have the NFL's leading rusher in DeMarco Murray, even so the possibility of AP landing with Dallas is to enticing a thought to pass up.
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Peterson a Cowboy?
NFL insider Peter King has broken down the situation involving Peterson and his reinstatement to the league and believes that a move to the Cowboys is definitely on the cards:
"It just makes sense to me, If I had to go put money in Vegas on where Adrian Peterson would play, I'm not sure I would put it on Dallas. But sometimes you just get a feeling about things, about where you think something is headed."
"I just think Adrian Peterson, before he retires, is gonna be a Cowboy, I just do. I've always thought it, and long before Jerry had that silly flirtation with him last year. He's a Texas guy. It strikes me as something Jerry would want to do. I have no inside information whatsoever. But if you ask me my gut feeling, if Adrian Peterson is out there on the street and the Cowboys have some cap room, I think the Cowboys will be interested in him."
There are lots of opinions of the brazened way in which Jerry Jones conducts his business in the NFL but one thing is for certain, the Cowboys owner loves a redemption story, and if Peterson were not to be given a second chance with the Vikings, Jones would definitely take a flyer on him.
What about Murray?
The main issue on hand with Peterson wearing a famous Cowboy helmet is that they already have the most productive back in the league, DeMarco Murray.
King also explained the situation with Murray in reference to Peterson:
"And everybody will say, 'Wait a second. That's crazy. DeMarco Murray. They have to sign him.' There's no question about it. But I don't think the Cowboys are going to pay DeMarco Murray anywhere near what he wants to be paid. I think they'll end up reaching some agreement with him when push comes to shove. You're silly to pay running backs half of quarterback money in my opinion."
The speculation involving Peterson and Dallas is all ifs-and-buts at the moment due to the Vikings holding all the cards, they are the team who currently have the contract of the running back and will likely decide the future of the player.
However we still have the rumblings of a major news story involving the Cowboys once again, they could possibly poach the best running back in the league straight off the free agency market.