In a June phone conversation, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones that he wanted to play in Dallas at the end of his tenure in Minnesota, according to an Outside the Lines report.
Translation: Peterson, who is 29, would love for Jones to overpay him when he's a shell of former football self.
"Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones told Peterson during the call, via ESPN.com. "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. ...
"Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen," Jones, continued. "Hmm hmm ... I'd like that, too ... Well, we're talking pig Latin here, but let's see if we can do that ... We're talking pig Latin here, but let's see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks."
But on Thursday, shortly after the Outside the Lines report was published, Peterson told the USAToday.com's Tom Pelissero that, "This was a casual conversation ... in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings."
This isn't the first time Peterson, who hails from Texas, has said he'd like to play in his home state. Last December, during a radio appearance, he admitted that, "I'd be a liar if I said (playing for an NFL team in Texas) hasn't crossed my mind before."
Meanwhile, NFL rules on player tampering are clear: "... the contacted club must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player's rights." Failing to do so, according to the Outside the Lines report, can lead to "severe" sanctions from the league.
Jones confirmed to Outside the Lines that Peterson, who is the in the fourth year of a seven-year, $100 million deal, said he wanted to play for the Cowboys, but hasn't talked to the running back since. Jones also didn't consider the phone call tampering.
The 2014 version of Adrian Peterson would upgrade any backfield, but unless he can play defense he doesn't really help the Cowboys. Presumably, even Jones can see that.