As of tonight, the Cowboys have still yet to speak with the Vikings about Adrian Peterson, sources tell Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. Peterson would love to play in Dallas, but the Cowboys simply are not willing to pay the price to acquire him. Apparently, not even Jerry Jones himself is willing to part with the significant draft compensation and money it would take to pry AD loose.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are still refusing to part with a first-round pick in a Peterson deal and the Vikings don’t want to take a second-round choice for him, especially one as late as the Cards’ at No. 55. The Cardinals’ front office and coaching staff feels like they already have a really good team, particularly if quarterback Carson Palmer is healthy. While Peterson would represent a significant upgrade for their offense, they like the price of the No. 24 pick and three years of guaranteed money for a 30-year-old running back is too steep. However, Robinson cautions that things could theoretically change on draft day. Georgia running back Todd Gurley seems likely to go in the top ten, meaning that Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon probably won’t be there for Arizona at No. 24.
Ultimately, Vikings GM Rick Spielman is making the call and Robinson hears that he badly wants Peterson in purple next season. Sources say that Spielman has the support of everyone around him on this point, so it’ll be his call as to whether No. 28 is traded or not. And, if Peterson isn’t traded by Saturday morning, Robinson posits that he’ll stay a Viking in 2015. Draft picks would be in play in any trade, and because the Vikings are looking for high compensation, any deal would have to happen before the end of the second round.