Adrian Peterson reportedly called Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to say he would like to play for the Cowboys one day – at the end of his tenure with the Vikings – according to an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report.
The phone call took place in June when Jones was being profiled by reporter Don Van Natta Jr., who said Jones confirmed that was what the phone call was about.
“I understand, Adrian,” Jones said, according to the report. “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.”
However, Peterson is under contract with the Vikings through 2017 and is the team’s highest paid player on an annual basis, counting $14.4 million against the salary cap this year and escalating to $18 million by 2017.
Peterson responded to the report with a statement issued through the Vikings on Thursday afternoon.
“This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings,” he said in the statement. “I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.”
The phone call might be considered tampering since Jones said he didn’t inform the Vikings of the conversation, which he was required to do, according to NFL rules.
However, the important part of the ESPN report is that Peterson apparently said he’d like to play for the Cowboys “at the end of his tenure with the Vikings.”
The same month of that phone call, Peterson told this reporter, when asked about his approach to trade rumors that seem to pop up every year, that he believes he will end his career with the Vikings.
“It’s going to be special, because I feel that’s going to be what it is. For whatever reason, I look outside of the box on things,” he said.
But Peterson also knows that nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.
“I’ve been in this league for eight years and I’ve seen some things, some moves being made from different teams and from my team that I’m just like,” and Peterson gives a facial gesture that relays confusion. “You just don’t understand. But that’s any type of business, it happens like that. In the NFL, you see it more.”
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