Last week, Dallas Cowboys COO and executive vice president Stephen Jones gave us a solid hint that the team was no longer pursuing Adrian Peterson, if they ever really were, when he declared that he couldn’t see the team giving up draft picks for any veteran player.
Now, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys are completely out on the two-time NFL rushing champion. Rapoport broke the news on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" on Sunday night.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise. When Tony Romo restructured his contract a few weeks ago, saving the Cowboys almost $13 million against the salary cap, the rumor mill started working overtime as many assumed all that cleared space would be used to bring in Peterson.
But since then, it’s looked less and less likely that Dallas would pay the king’s ransom the Vikings are reportedly asking for a 30-year-old running back with a torn ACL in his past--particularly as we approach a draft that’s regarded as one of the deepest in terms of running back talent in recent memory.