Back in December of 2013, Adrian Peterson hinted that it might be cool to play in Texas someday.
Well, the Peterson-comes-home narrative has been re-ignited. In a video from ESPN.com released on Thursday, ESPN writer Don Van Natta Jr. discusses a June phone call Cowboys owner Jerry Jones received from Peterson when the Minnesota Vikings running back -- a native of Palestine, Texas -- indicated that he'd like to play for the Cowboys.
Van Natta Jr., who was working on a feature story about Jones at the time (you can read that story here), recalls being in Jones' suit at AT&T Cowboys Stadium in June for George Strait concert, when Jones got the call from AD.
"Somebody handed Jerry Jones an iPhone and said 'Adrian Peterson's on the phone," Van Natta Jr. says in the video. "Jones says 'I hear ya Adrian, I'm a fan of yours too. We'll see if we can make that happen. We're talking pig Latin here, but we'll see if we can make that happen.'"
Van Natta Jr. says he asked Jones later about the conversation and Jones confirmed to him that Peterson did ask about playing for the Cowboys.
"It was really surreal," Van Natta Jr. said of the Jones-Peterson conversation. "He (Jones) didn't say anything about it right away. It was only afterward when I asked him, he was very open and blunt about it. He said 'Adrian Peterson said he would love to play for the Cowboys someday,' and he said 'I liked hearing that.'"
Problem is, Peterson is under contract with the Vikings through 2017, which brings up the issue of tampering.
Van Natta Jr. said Jerry Jones insists he wasn't guilty of tampering because he didn't follow up with Peterson. But Van Natta Jr. also cited an NFL provision that says if a player contacts a general manager or owner of another team, that GM or owner is obligated to inform the player's team of the communication.
The rule states: "... the contacted club must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player's rights." This week, Jones said he has not contacted the Vikings about the communication.
The Cowboys currently have one former OU running back on the roster in DeMarco Murray, who had a breakout year in 2013 with 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns.