So, if age doesn’t scare the Cowboys away, his price tag certainly could. Peterson is in the midst of a seven-year, $96 million contract. After this season, “All Day” is still owed a whopping $44.25 million for the next three years. That’s a hefty sum for a team with limited salary cap space like Dallas to swallow. Especially considering the future extensions the Cowboys need to sign with All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant and tackle Tyron Smith are on the immediate horizon. Throw in the fact it could take as high as a second round pick to acquire his services from Minnesota in the first place, and I believe the price is too high for any player at a position that’s becoming more obsolete than ever.
Now, if Peterson opts to become a free agent or is released by Minnesota after 2014, then the game changes a bit. If Dallas decides to move on from the injury-prone Murray, and if the price is right, there is a scenario where Peterson is wearing the Star. But the dominoes have to fall a certain way for all that to happen. And a lot of that has to do with Peterson himself. As he told ESPN’s SVP and Russillo via Fox Sports late last year, ending his career in his home state would be a dream come true.
“You know, I’d be a liar if I said it’s something that hasn’t crossed my mind before. But I’ve also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I’ve always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston.”
Last season, Peterson ran for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his seven years as a professional, he’s averaged 1,445 rushing yards per season and has only missed a total of nine games in his career. Peterson is a future Hall of Famer and will go down as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.