Adrian Peterson didn't mince words Tuesday night when he told a Dallas television station that "it would be nice" to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
Peterson, fully aware that he is under contract with the Vikings, was asked about his desire to play in his home state of Texas shortly after watching the Houston Rockets eliminate the Dallas Mavericks from the NBA playoffs in Houston, WFAA Sports reports.
When asked specifically about Peterson on Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he "wouldn't dare talk about that."
“It’s highly unlikely you would trade for a player this time of year," Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "Players values are diminished. It’s unbelievable. Draft picks are enhanced. Everybody wants draft picks over the next three days and the day of the draft so players have a diminished consideration in a trade.’���
It's obvious that Peterson wants out of Minnesota. Earlier this offseason, the former NFL MVP told ESPN that he still feels uneasy about returning to Minnesota after missing 15 games after child-abuse charges were filed against him in Texas.
Peterson has since been reinstated to the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell, but the Vikings control his contract for the next three seasons.
Earlier Tuesday, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman reiterated that he has no interest in trading Peterson.
“We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff,” Spielman said. “Our position has not changed since all of the statements we made down at the owners’ meetings. Adrian Peterson is under contract, his suspension was lifted, we’re looking forward to having Adrian Peterson as a Minnesota Viking in 2015. That’s the end of the story. That’s it.”
The first round of the NFL Draft is Thursday night. Round 2 is Friday night, and if a report from Yahoo earlier this week is accurate, all speculation about Peterson will be over by the time Saturday morning rolls around; because if he's not traded by then, he won't be traded at all.