The NFL announced on Thursday that Adrian Peterson will be reinstated to the Vikings on Friday. What AP did to earn his suspension was totally unacceptable. Missing almost all of last season was exactly what needed to happen, especially with the timing of it coming right after the Ray Rice tape.
But Peterson went through the legal process and paid his dues during his time away from the NFL. And that means now we get to talk about the fun part: the league’s best running back is returning to field.
Now, yes, Peterson is still a Viking for the time being, but he’s said multiple times that he no longer wants to be. My bold prediction? Adrian Peterson plays for the Cowboys in 2015 and breaks the single-season rushing record.
The first part is pretty important, because, well … the Cowboys actually have to get AP for that to happen. But if Peterson becomes available in any way then Jerry Jones and the Cowboys would do ANYTHING to get him.
It’s not as wild as it all sounds. We know Peterson doesn’t want to be in Minnesota, but we also know that he’s talked to Jerry Jones about wanting to be a Cowboy. I’m sure the interest there is not a one way street. Jerry would LOVE to have Peterson as his RB next season. Seriously, after missing out on Johnny Football (which is looking like a great miss), what wouldn’t Jerry do to get his hands on Adrian?
Jerry let DeMarco Murray walk following a career season, and Tony Romo said afterwards he would have taken a pay cut to keep him. That wasn’t only a bad look for Jones, but it also means the Cowboys are in the market for a ball carrier. Murray is a solid RB, but I don’t believe he’s a great one. Peterson is more than a great RB, he’s an elite RB. So if Murray was able to rack up 1,845 yards behind a phenomenal Dallas O-line, just imagine the damage AP could do.
Now, imagine how Peterson’s 2,097 yards in 2012 were just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s 1984 record, and that was coming off a torn ACL! And remember, this time around, Peterson would be coming off a full season of rest without even having an injury to recover from! Talk about fresh legs. Tack on the fact that AP has never played with a receiver that will stretch the field for him like Dez Bryant would, and you’d be silly not to realize how much of a home run this combination would be.
Adrian Peterson in Dallas would be a historic combination next season. If the Vikings give Jerry and the Cowboys just a sliver of hope, they’re going to make this happen.
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