Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson looks poised for yet another monster season, as new offensive coordinator Norv Turner will feed him the ball more often in the passing game. On the ground, Peterson was scintillating last season despite having lower stats than usual, and he also slogged through some nagging injuries at the end of the year. With a healthy Matt Kalil helping to provide better blocking and some improved play in the passing game, Peterson’s 2014 stats should stand out as much as his tape.
In an interesting report from ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”, Peterson had a phone call with Dallas Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones in June and stated that he would like to play for the Cowboys after he finishes up with the Vikings.
Jones replied, “Well, I understand, Adrian. 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.”
This phone call story is going to explode and become more bloated than it really is, as that’s the way things go in the digital age. Peterson will become a free agent in 2018, so he would be past his prime when he hits the free agent market. At that point, it might actually be better for the Vikings to move on from him and let him join the Cowboys, so it really isn’t an unrealistic proposition. It’s dangerous to try and “crystal ball” things, but my guess is that A.D. wouldn’t be the same in 2018. Peterson grew up as a Cowboys fan, so it would make sense for him to entertain the thought of playing for them at some point down the line, but there should be no doubts regarding his commitment to the Vikings while he’s under contract.