ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he would be interested in playing for the Cowboys sometime in the future, presumably after his contract runs out in 2018 (he would be 33 years old by then, so a year or two past his prime). Now, he is unsurprisingly downplaying that report and the comment he made to Jones, who would obviously love to bring in one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, even if he would be past his best days at that time.
Peterson said in a statement, “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.”
The most important part is the “casual conversation” thing, and I’m sure the June phone call between Peterson and Jones will be scrutinized over when it comes to figuring out if tampering charges need to be filed against the Cowboys. In any case, the idea of Peterson playing for the Cowboys isn’t too far-fetched, since he grew up around the area and could sign a contract late in his career. It’s great to hear that he would like to retire with the Vikings, but we’ll see what the future holds.
If you like dissecting quotes, then I think you’ll find it interesting that he said “I would love to” instead of “I want to”…the “would” leaves the door just a tad open, especially since it’s preceded by the “it’s a business” cliche. Of course Peterson never indicated that he would leave the Vikings, but he did indicate that he would like to play for the Cowboys if the opportunity arose. It’s an interesting case here, and his future with the Vikings might just depend on health and overall career arch.