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IRVING, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – Speculative reports that connect Adrian Peterson directly to his home-state Dallas Cowboys are premature; sources tell 105.3 The Fan that there has been no trade request involving the Cowboys.
But reports that he’s planning a divorce from the Minnesota Vikings are supported now on an almost daily basis, the latest evidence being a CBSSports.com report detailing a near-physical confrontation at last week’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis featuring Peterson’s agent Ben Dogra and Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski.
The “heated verbal altercation” almost certainly involves Minnesota’s desire to find a way to retain Peterson (but at less than the $13 million, $15 million and $17 million his three remaining contractual years call for)…and likely involve Peterson’s previous statement about being “uneasy” regarding remaining with the Vikings in the wake of child-abuse charges that left him suspended by the team and the NFL for the bulk of 2014.
“He will never play another game for the Vikings,” one person close to the player tells CBSSports.com. “It’s over.”
That possibility creates an opportunity for every NFL team but maybe especially for Dallas, where Peterson has before expressed a fondness of playing — and where the Cowboys have cap room to engineer an above-the-marquee move for the NFL’s premier running back.
According to the sources, Dogra engaged in a heated exchange with during which the agent made it clear that Peterson would never play there again. The incident took place during a time when outside parties were in the vicinity. Finally, former Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik intervened, separating the men and diffusing the escalating tension, sources said.
The Vikings did not respond to requests to comment for this report. Dogra did not respond to numerous messages. Dominik has not commented as well.
Peterson, who is signed through 2017 and set to make $13 million in 2015, has no intention of playing again for the Vikings, sources said.
Peterson, sources said, lost faith and trust in the franchise after a tumultuous ordeal over his child abuse charges that resulted in him missing nearly the entire season on the Commissioner’s Exempt List while his legal situation played out.
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