I suppose I’ll post about this.
Outside the Lines reported that Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones he would love to play for the Cowboys. Buried from the lede of the story is the fact that Adrian Peterson was talking to a money manager at the time, who handed the phone to Jerry Jones without telling Adrian who he was going to talk to. In response, Adrian Peterson was fairly polite and said he wouldn’t mind playing for the Cowboys at the end of his tenure.
Adrian Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, two hours away from Dallas and grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. This isn’t the first time he’s expressed finishing out his career in Texas, where he lives. This is why he was subject to a contrived altercation in the Houston nightclub—he spends the offseason in Texas (Houston is two and a half hours away from Palestine, which is between the two cities).
The Vikings released two statements in response to this report. First, from the Vikings:
“We are focused on the 2014 season, and as we have consistently communicated, Adrian is an integral part of the Vikings organization.”
And then from Adrian:
“This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings. I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.”
Nothing big to see here. If the Vikings expect Adrian to perform in 2016 as he did in 2010, don’t expect much to change. He signed an extension in 2011 that saw his cap charge take 10.8% of the salary cap that year, and he rushed for 1298 yards at 4.6 yards a carry (86.5 yards a game) the season prior to signing it. Since then, he’s averaged 5.2 yards a carry and 103.2 yards a game, with a lot of that coming from a seemingly magical 2012 season.