The Adrian Peterson trade rumors won’t die down.
The Cowboys continue to be a team mentioned as a potential landing spot for the Vikings running back even though the Vikings have repeatedly stated little interest in getting rid of the 2012 MVP.
And Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones surely wasn’t going to talk about it specifically on Tuesday during a pre-draft news conference. That would have been considered tampering by the NFL, after all.
“I wouldn’t dare talk about that,” Jones said.
Jones did indirectly talk about it earlier in the news conference, but didn’t shed any more light on it. He restated the Cowboys’ aren’t overly interested in parting with draft picks to land a veteran player.
“Highly unlikely you would trade for a player this time of year,” Jones said. “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, draft picks or not. That’s highly unlikely for us in my view.”
Especially for Peterson.
The Vikings’ tried to squash rumors themselves, posting on the team’s Twitter page a quote from general manager Rick Spielman.
“We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff,” Spielman said. “Our position has not changed...we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson.”
The more telling thing Jones said came regarding the running back position. Jones said it’s not an “urgent” position need for the Cowboys going into the draft.
That might simply be a bluff attempt by Jones, as the Cowboys have brought in several running back prospects and have a need with the departure of the league’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, in free agency. Hence the Peterson rumors.
But Jones downplayed the importance of upgrading the running back position during the news conference. He said the team would be comfortable going into the season with the running backs they already have, including newly signed Darren McFadden along with returners Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams.
“We don’t have that as a must to come out of here with a running back,” Jones said.
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