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Adrian Peterson saga is the rumor that simply won't die

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The NFL off-season is understandably full of rumors and speculations, and the 2015 NFL off-season certainly hasn't disappointed.

From the fans to the media, everyone likes to speculate about what's going to happen with their favorite NFL teams and players. It doesn't really matter if it's an actual possibility or if it's a scenario that could only happen in fantasy football.

The popularity of fantasy football has created a platform for the everyday Joe to provide their "expert" opinion about what they would do if they were an NFL General Manager. Truth be told, we have all probably be guilty of this from time to time.

The 2015 NFL off-season hasn't disappointed so far and there have already been a lot of jaw-dropping transactions around the NFL that have shaken things up. Players that were considered key contributors to their teams have been traded away to the shock and awe of many observers.

Chip Kelly at the Philadelphia Eagles traded away possibly their most dynamic play maker in LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills. The New Orleans Saints traded away one of the top tight ends in the NFL sending Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks. No one in their right mind could have possibly predicted these trades to happen.

Neither of these transactions would have been deemed as possible based on the talent level of each player, but that is one of the joys of the off-season in the NFL. It can be unpredictable, and rumors and speculations are fun for everyone to talk about.

AP speculation

One such rumor that has remained a hot topic for discussion is what is going to happen with Adrian Peterson and where will be playing in 2015?

The rumors really started popping up while Peterson was serving his suspension after being indicted on a child abuse charge. During his suspension the relationship between him and the Minnesota Vikings organization soured and Peterson felt that the Vikings had disrespected him and didn't do enough to show their support through his ordeal.

Peterson even made a statement about the soured relationship between him and the Vikings organization.

"I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization," he said.

"Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I'm grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how the cards were dealt, how things were worded, that and the other, it's about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built. In the grand scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that."

Peterson's unhappiness with the Vikings organization has been well-documented this off-season and it was even rumored that him and his agent requested a trade.

The Internet went crazy with speculation about who might be interested in obtaining Peterson's service and what could the Vikings could get compensation?

Interested parties

Peterson even aided the speculation when it was revealed he'd spoke to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the past and had intermitted he'd love to come and play for his home state franchise.

Just about any time any kind of high-profile player is mentioned in a trade the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones' name tends to pop up. Jones has made some blockbuster trades in the past and if anyone could pull off a trade for Peterson it could be Jerry Jones.

Of course, this was all before the 2015 NFL draft and when the draft concluded and Peterson was still a member of the Minnesota Vikings trading for Peterson seemed unlikely. The unlikelihood of a team willing to trade away a 2016 draft pick to acquire Peterson seemed to all but stop the rumors.

That was of course before Jerry Jones was asked in an interview with FOX Sports if he would be willing to trade a 2016 first-round draft pick to upgrade a position in the upcoming NFL season.

Interesting enough, he didn't shoot down the possibility.

"I'd be reluctant to, but certainly if the right situation came along that could improve us now, with where we are with Romo, his career and where we are with what we have put together, it's a good time to go forward," said Jones.

Of course, Jerry could of been talking about just about anybody, but again Adrian Peterson's name was linked to the Cowboys as a possible trade target.

Dallas uncertainty

This is mostly due to the fact that there is still uncertainty about who will be the running back in the upcoming 2015 season for the Dallas Cowboys. Will they have a lead back or will they choose to go to a running back by committee approach?

If the Cowboys were able to trade for Peterson they probably would be favorites to not only play deep into the playoffs, but also win the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the cost it would take to make the trade happen might be more than the Cowboys are willing to give up.

At the age of 30, Peterson is in that age range where an NFL running back's production tends to drop off. Also, he is still technically a member of the Minnesota Vikings and is scheduled to make $12.75 million in 2015.

The Cowboys could possibly try to rework Peterson's contract if they were really interested in trading for the running back, but recently the Cowboys have been very conscientious of their cap figure.

Although a trade for Peterson's services is highly unlikely at this point, rumors and speculations will still surface until the 2015 season actually starts in the trade deadline passes.

What all this really adds up to is that rumors and speculations are fun to discuss during the off-season and gives fans and the media something to talk about until football season starts back up.

Unfortunately, if you're one of those people who are holding out hope that Adrian Peterson will be wearing a Cowboys jersey 2015, you could be setting yourself up to be disappointed.

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