Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Will Hill (25) dives to tackle Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Just Asking: Should Cowboys Trade For Adrian Peterson?


The Dallas Cowboys need a running game. You don’t need special goggles to see that.

Hell, you don’t even need to watch the games to know that!

With DeMarco Murray out, and backup players Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner leading the running attack, could the Cowboys use a featured style running back (a position lacking star power since Emmitt Smith)?

Enter Adrian Peterson from the Minnesota Vikings.

All-Time Rushing List:

1. Emmitt Smith: 18,355 yards

33. Adrian Peterson: 9,360 yards

The Palestine, Texas native, now 28 years of age, has openly said he thinks he can surpass Cowboys’ Emmitt Smith in the all-time yards category.

Well, if he is going to do it, might as well try in Dallas where he is needed.

Sep 29, 2013; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the NFL International Series game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently, he is not needed in Minnesota; rushing for only 28 yards on 13 attempts against a winless (at the time) Giants team. Yuck.

Though the running back is on the late end of his prime, the 2012 NFL MVP brings a deep resume that includes five trips to the Pro Bowl, two NFL rushing titles, and five All-Pro nominations.

Adrian Peterson is 47 yards shy of passing Earl Campbell (#31), and 93 yards away from Shaun Alexander (#30) on the NFL All-Time rushing leaders list.

Only two active players sit above him: Steven Jackson and Frank Gore.

As the Cowboys forge ahead for a division title, and into the playoffs, one thing is for sure: the health of this offense could have a stronger heart beat with a hard nose style running back.

Currently, AP is at 511 rushing yards on 115 attempts through 5 games. He is averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He owns five touchdowns.

So, is Adrian Peterson the missing piece? Just asking.

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  • MCA

    Getting AP would be a great asset, but would Dallas use him enough to get him going? He needs attempts, and I don’t think he would get enough of them. Also, his asking price would be WAY to much to give up. Don’t ask about how his salery would fit in the Cowboys current one. Bottom line, AP is not wearing a Star on his helmet.

  • BradAustin

    Romo, Peterson, Dez, and Witten = Aikman, Emmitt, Irvin, and Novacek. The talent level as a whole between these groups of 4 would be very close. However, acquiring Peterson would rob Dallas of many other pieces needed to fit around these dominant skills players. The reason why the triplets were so great was not only talent…but they had a HUGE advantage with their excellent protection. FB Daryl Johnston and the stellar o-line of the early 90′s Cowboys made all the difference in the world.

    The current Cowboys have an improving o-line, but nowhere near the one the triplets had…which may be the best ever. The point is the sacrifice you’d have to make to acquire Peterson would likely cost high draft picks, which would decrease the advancement of the offensive and defensive lines in upcoming drafts. I say load up in the o-line, and the running game will continue to improve. There will be high quality 2nd-4th round backs that will flourish under a powerful o-line if we commit to continuing to invest in one.

  • BradAustin

    Then again, if Minnesota would trade Peterson for Murray, Austin, and Escobar…I’d take that in a flash. All depends on what we have to give up. With trading for draft picks, at most I’d burn a 1st rounder (by itself or with a late pick in 6th or 7th) and nothing else that would effect further draft selections. This team is headed in the upward direction, no need to cut our legs out again like we did with Roy Williams. Peterson tears the knee again and we’d be robbed.

  • Corey Lewis

    What’s always been said…the running game opens up the passing game. Run, Run, Run and then open it up for Romo to sling it around…hopefully to the correct jersey…up by 2+ scores in the 4th then have AP take over and wear down the defense. Hell of a combination. Let’s give them Doug Free, Miles Austin and Joseph Randal or D. Murray and a bag of balls and a free session from Jerry’s plastic surgeon. His salary would work…if it means racking up yards he’ll adjust his salary to make it work and be back home. Easy deal.

  • SmartThinking

    OK. Let’s weigh this out. Peterson is already well into middle age for a professional football running back. His history of knee injuries is quite well known. His salary is at the top of the scale for his position. He’s the most valuable asset the Vikings have on their team. And, just to keep it in perspective, his YPR average this season is miserably low compared to his previous seasons. That means he’s on the decline and defenses know it. Peterson’s price tag will be a low number 1 or a high number 2 and his salary on the Cowboy’s cap-challenged team make him unattainable. Now. What were you saying about adding another major problem to the Cowboy’s already lengthy list of fires to put out?

  • SmartThinking

    You guys! Where are your glasses? The Dallas offensive line can barely open up holes for the running backs right now although, it’s somewhat better since Watters came on board. I’m not sure he’ll want to be with the team next year unless Jerry crosses his palm with a whole lot of bucks. He’s a short-term fix. And without him, the whole game falls on the left tackle’s shoulders as it sits right now. That is the most pressing problem right now on the offensive side of the ball. You guys are remembering Peterson’s previous games. I think about what he’s going to do next Sunday and what it’ll cost. Dallas, at least for right now, has some pretty good weapons offensively. The four running backs on the team can get the job done effectively enough but not efficiently enough, sadly. Why spend the draft picks on a running back on the decline, then dump two or three of our others to find space and the money when those choices can be better spent shoring up both sides of the Dallas line. Peterson was something to behold when he was younger and more healthy. Sure, he’ll still burst off a few amazing runs. The problem is, they’ll be fewer and less far in between and a whole lot more expensive.