Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dallas Cowboys general manager/owner Jerry Jones that he would like to play for the Cowboys after he is done playing for Minnesota, according to ESPN’s "Outside the Lines."
The report details ESPN writer Don Van Natta's profile on Jones, in which Jones comments on passing on Johnny Manziel in the NFL Draft and his relationship with former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson. Jones said he won't put Johnson in the team's "Ring of Honor."
According to the story, Jones' phone conversation with Peterson took place in June. Peterson will make $11.75 million this season for Minnesota and is in the fourth year of a $100 million contract.
"Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen," Jones told Peterson. "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."
Jones admitted the phone call took place and said that he has not talked to Peterson since. The league’s tampering rules specifically forbids teams from contacting players on other teams that are under contract.
On Thursday, Peterson released a statement in response:
"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."
Peterson, a three-time first-team All-Pro, has 10,115 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons.
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