By Michael Burke – Click here for Part 1
Dreams of BIG D for A.D.
The Vikings would love for him to have a change of heart. I don’t believe the wanted change is going to happen. AD, as he is called by many, which is short for “All Day” and Adrian, was born and raised not far from Dallas in Palestine, TX. He grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and dreaming of playing there with a star on his helmet. He broke Texas hearts when he went to Oklahoma to play college football. He’d restore some Texas hearts if he came to play for the most beloved team in Texas, and the world. Mike Zimmer and the Vikings General Manager, Rick Spielman traveled to AD’s home to try and repair the rift between the player and the team. They were unsuccessful.
Vikings owner, Zygi Wilf, invited AD to his New York home for a meeting. It too went less than favorable for a resolution. AD sees the gaping hole in Dallas created when his fellow Oklahoma Sooners alum DeMarco Murray departed for what he thinks is a greener pasture. It is only greener if you mean green as in new, or green as in the Philadelphia Eagles team colors. The idea that Philadelphia is a greener pasture for success than Dallas is laughable. AD knows this.
He sees the best Offensive Line in the NFL, and imagines what it would be like to run behind it. He sees an Offense so loaded that Defenses cannot key on him. He sees the greatest stadium in the world and dreams of breaking the 140 yards he rushed for in that stadium, but doing this time for the right team. He dreams of a ring on his finger that says Super Bowl Champion. And that is exactly why the Dallas Cowboys should get AD, to put rings on their fingers and a sixth Lombardi Trophy in the display case.
Murray vs Peterson? “Forgetta ’bout it!”
As good as DeMarco Murray was, he has never been as good as Adrian Peterson. The two most prolific Sooners rushers of this decade are inevitably going to be linked and compared. How much more so if Peterson ends up being the guy who replaces Murray and this writer thinks he should be. If the Dallas Cowboys add Peterson to this team they win the Super Bowl. I could practically guarantee it. The only reason I can’t absolutely guarantee it is because injuries derail the best laid plans of mice and men, and sink more predictions than torpedoes sink ships.
A Dallas “blueprint” to a deal
Peterson wants this to happen. I think the Dallas Cowboys want this to happen, but not at the wrong cost to their cap or plans, and I know there are Dallas Cowboys fans who would do cartwheels to see AD in Dallas wearing the star on his hat. If he truly wants to fulfill his dream the window is right now. If Dallas drafts a rookie RB to be their guy he can pretty much forget it. If he wants this he is going to have to do two things. First, accept a cap friendly deal that is way below the amount the Vikings would pay him this year to run for them. Second, force them to cut him. It makes sense for them to do it. They save $13 million on their cap this year by doing it.
What would it take for the Vikings to see the benefit to them? I believe they already see it. I believe they would prefer to simply move on. I believe they are clinging to a vain hope that someone will make them an offer they can’t refuse. It won’t be Dallas. They are not entering the Adrian Peterson sweepstakes. That doesn’t mean they are not mutually interested in each other. There were rumors last year that Peterson called Jerry Jones. He has made no secret of his desire to come home to Texas. There were rumors out there recently that he was shopping for a home in the Dallas Forth Worth area. I even heard a rumor that the last time he got his hair cut he said he would play for the Cowboys for about half what he is making this year if he stays in Minnesota.
Cowboys treading carefully
The Cowboys aren’t going to do anything that can be construed as tampering. The don’t want the wrath of the NFL any more than it already exists. Dallas sees the hole at RB created by Murray’s exit stage left. AD sees the hole at RB and he can smell opportunity more than he ever has, and it smells good. The problem for these two chess players is that it ins’t their move. It’s the Vikings move, and they are studying the chess board. What are they going to do with their knight? If they play it wrong, they pay a huge price for a backfire. Can they really afford that with a young QB they are working to surround with the talent he needs to develop?
Dallas Cowboys nation is dying to know what the move for that knight will be, and most are praying his banner will be blue and silver. I know I am. I want a Super Bowl. In fact, I want more than one. Wouldn’t it be ironic if AD came to Dallas and it made them a Super Bowl team again? Why do I say it would be ironic? Because the last time the Cowboys and Vikings plotted chess moves over a RB it was Herschel Walker, and it was the Great Train Robbery. That move spring boarded the Dallas Cowboys to the dynasty they had in the early 1990s. I am hoping for a sequel to the story that once again puts Lombardi Trophies clearly in the picture.
I believe they are with AD here.