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Cowboys not a fit for Adrian Peterson, unlikely to sign any big names

Adrian Peterson likely would love to return to his home state of Texas, but the Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliott.
Adrian Peterson likely would love to return to his home state of Texas, but the Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliott. AP

Online gambling site Bovada gives 11 teams odds for signing Adrian Peterson. The Cowboys aren’t among them and for good reason: They are not in pursuit of the veteran running back.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones wouldn’t comment on Peterson on Tuesday, because Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings. But Minnesota chose not to exercise their $18 million contract option on Peterson, making him an unrestricted free agent next week.

A team source said the Cowboys are “not a fit” for Peterson with Ezekiel Elliott on the roster.

Elliott commands “a lot of touches with the football,” leaving not enough carries for Peterson.

Peterson, 31, ran for only 72 yards in three games last season before going on injured reserve with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2011. Peterson, a Palestine native, played only one game in 2014 before being suspended by the NFL.

Elliott gained a league-leading 1,631 yards on 322 carries in his rookie season. That amounted to 64.5 percent of the team’s carries, with the Cowboys’ other three running backs combining for only 102 carries.

Jones did say the Cowboys likely won’t pursue any big-name free agents, choosing to spend their money on trying to re-sign some of their own 18 free agents.

“I don’t expect us to be big players for other team’s players, but obviously we want to see where our guys are and they’ve got to see where they are in terms of what their market may be,” Jones said. “That certainly will influence whether we can sign some of our guys back. It’ll depend on what their market is.”

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