If the Cowboys are being financially responsible as their free-agent dealings with DeMarco Murray and Greg Hardy suggest, then they shouldn’t – and won’t – go after running back Adrian Peterson.
I’m not saying Darren McFadden is a one-man solution. I’m merely pointing out that there’s nothing to suggest tossing their budget in the trash and over-paying for Peterson is in the plans.
First off, there is running back quantity and quality in the upcoming NFL Draft. Secondly, if the Cowboys weren’t willing to pay more than $6 million a season to keep Murray why would they then pay more than twice that to acquire Peterson? Answer: They won’t.
Peterson is the best runner in the game. He’s 30, and he wants out of Minnesota. And, yes, he’s expressed the desire to play in his home state. It would be the sexy move that the Cowboys need in an offseason that so far has seen many more departures than arrivals.
But it’s not happening.
Peterson’s contract is worth $12, $15 and $17 million the next three seasons. Will he run for twice as many yards as Murray? And, to the Cowboys’ thinking, will he run for six times what a rookie such as Todd Gurley will?
The Cowboys have the salary-cap dollars to pursue Peterson. And the common sense to not break the bank for him.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.