Cowboys VP Stephen Jones mentioned during an interview with 105.3 in Dallas that he doesn’t see them trading any picks for a veteran player.
“I don’t see us using any picks to trade for veteran players,” Jones said, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
Dallas has continuously come up as a potential landing spot for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson for several months now, but the Cowboys cap situation and their reluctance to part with draft picks could prevent them from being a serious suitor.
Sources have told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that unless the Vikings trade Peterson within the next week, he’s likely to remain with the team.
According to Tomasson’s source, the Cardinals, Falcons, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, and Buccaneers are all teams that could have interest in a potential trade for Peterson.
Peterson, 30, still has another three years remaining on his seven-year, $96 million contract that included $36 million guaranteed. Over the next three years, Peterson stands to make base salaries of $12.75 million (2015), $14.75 million (2016), and $16.75 million (2017).
As for his cap figures, the Vikings are looking at $15.4 million (2015), $15 million (2016), and $17 million (2017).
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Peterson would free up $13 million in available cap space and create $2.4 million dead money.
Peterson appeared in just one game for the Vikings and ran for 75 yards on 21 carries (3.6 YPC) while adding two receptions for 18 yards receiving and no touchdowns.