Adrian Peterson recently said on ESPN’s SVP and Russillo he would be lying if he said he had never thought about playing for the Dallas Cowboys. However, before his comments get blown out of proportion we must remind ourselves that Peterson is a Texas native and obviously would enjoy playing for his childhood team the Cowboys. Peterson didn’t ask for a trade away from the Minnesota Vikings, and he even backed up his comments by saying he’s always thought it would be special to spend his whole career with just one franchise.
Peterson is in the midst of a seven-year deal worth possibly $100 million that would keep Purple Jesus in Minnesota through the 2017 season. Barring a trade, which is very unlikely, Peterson will at least remain a member of the Vikings for another four seasons. Afterwards, however, when Peterson is a free agent in 2017, he will be 32 years old and clearly past his prime meaning a move to Dallas wouldn’t hurt the Vikings all that much.
While it remains unlikely the Cowboys find a way to pry Peterson out of the Vikings’ hands, if they did they would have one stacked offense with Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and a influx of other talented receivers they could pair up with the best running back in the NFL.
The Cowboys should obviously be interested in the fact that Peterson wants to play in his home state, but the Vikings and their fans should shrug off these comments as it is simply Peterson telling the truth while at the same time pledging his allegiance to the purple and gold. This type of honesty is nice to see from a professional athlete as many give the politically correct response as opposed to being open with their fan base like the reigning MVP just was.