During four of their five Super Bowl wins, the Cowboys handed the ball to a Hall-of-Fame running back. In their other championship season they had a player lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns and a duo combine for 1,300 yards and 19 scores.
Moral to the story: Heck yeah, Adrian Peterson with a star on his helmet would greatly increase the Cowboys’ chances for a sixth Lombardi Trophy.
As of now, there are no plans to have Duane Thomas, Calvin Hill, Tony Dorsett or Emmitt Smith on the 2015 roster. Same with Peterson. But now that the best current running back in the NFL has been reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell it does kick-start the imagination.
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I’ve said adamantly that Tony Romo’s contract wasn’t restructured directly to pursue Peterson. But I also allowed that the Cowboys might make a run at him nonetheless. That is, if he’s affordable.
The Cowboys balked at paying DeMarco Murray more than $6 million per season. I don’t think they’d overstep that budget more than twice over to acquire Peterson, who makes $12 million. Another roadblock is the fact that the Vikings said publicly Thursday that they intend on keeping their star in Minnesota.
It’s a looong shot. But aren’t all fantasies?
Everything about Peterson in Dallas would be delicious. His presence would allow the Cowboys to not use a high draft pick on a running back, strengthening another area of weakness instead. Even at 30 and with a torn ACL in his past, he’s a three-down back with elite size, strength and speed. He’d be running behind one of the best offensive lines in football. And, combined with Romo’s closing window and the arrival of Greg Hardy, it would put an undeniable “Win now” stamp on the 2015 season.
If Peterson was to land in Dallas, I predict the Cowboys would make it to the Super Bowl and Murray's single-season rushing record would have a short shelf-life.
The Cowboys have never won a Super Bowl without a primo running game. Peterson would fill that void, and then some.
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.