Why would Adrian Peterson even think of going to Dallas?

Adrian Peterson

Ever since he came into the league in 2007, Adrian Peterson has practically ruled the NFL. Among his career achievements is when he came within 7 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record—in the season when he came off of ACL surgery. Simply put, Adrian Peterson will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he retires, but for now, he’s nowhere close to hanging up his cleats. And despite being sidelined for most of the year, rumors are circulating that he might be leaving Minnesota.

While these somewhat ridiculous claims may be a bit premature, the rumors about where he might go are even crazier. ESPN.com said earlier today that he might be considering going to Dallas and playing for the Cowboys. The appropriate response to this is as follows: Why is God’s name would Adrian Peterson go to the Cowboys? What’s he going to do? Play second fiddle to Ezekiel Elliott? Any self-respecting football fan knows that, while Adrian Peterson didn’t look so good this year (which was because he was injured in Week 1 and didn’t return until Week 16 and was still shaky), he still has the ability to be a game-changing running back who still has more than enough ability to start.

So why in the world would Adrian Peterson want to be a backup? He obviously wouldn’t supplant Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas so that should definitely be what shoots this rumor dead. Other rumors have said that he’d consider going to a team like the New York Giants, who could certainly use a big name running back capable of putting together a 1,000-yard season. Rumors like this that would see Peterson go somewhere where he can produce and the same clip he has for years make much more sense and should be given more credence than this Peterson-to-Dallas rumor.

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