The Time Is Right For Cowboys To Sign Adrian Peterson

Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talk after the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys were interested in Adrian Peterson in the past. Ever since he became a star at Oklahoma State. The things just never panned out. With his personality and style of play, he seemed like a perfect fit in Big D. Interestingly he grew up in Palestine Texas only two hours away from Dallas. Now that he is entering in last years of his career he should sign for Cowboys. He’s free; he’s cheap, a veteran RB, one of leagues greatest ever. Just what America’s Team needs.

Peterson was released yesterday by Arizona Cardinals. David Johnson will be back for them for 2018, and there was no need for veteran RB to earn $3 million. This is too much for a backup, and Cardinals have a new coach who apparently doesn’t have a place for Adrian.

But, Dallas runs a system that fits former Vikings legend perfectly. Of course, Peterson would play behind Ezekiel Elliott. Last year Peterson was adamant that he wants to be a starter so coming to Dallas wasn’t an option for him. This year is different. This guy is aware that he only has an NFL future if he’s a backup.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 18: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball as defender Jake Ryan #47 of the Green Bay Packers pursues him during their game on September 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Cowboys have released Alfred Morris, so they don’ have a veteran backup RB. Rod Smith is there, but he’s not ready to take the whole burden of Elliott’s back. They need another running back, and an experienced player such is Peterson would add depth, quality, and above all else mentorship for Ezekiel Elliott.

Last year Adrian managed to have two games with over 100 yards in Arizona. If you put him behind Cowboys O-line, he would have more than two in Dallas. Also, he would probably work as a third-down back, or even as one to put the ball in the end zone. This system would put less pressure on Elliott and give him more time to rest and make big plays on first and second down. Rod Smith would also have his place in a rotation but more as a pass-run option.

With this trio of running backs, Cowboys would also allow their passing game to flourish, because the teams who play against them would have to be stacked against the run. All it is left is for Peterson to accept a role of the backup. A role that he’s had issues embracing last year in New Orleans. Maybe he will in Dallas.