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Adrian Peterson Says "It Would Be Nice" To Play For Dallas

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In his pre-draft press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Rick Spielman reiterated what he's been saying for months now. . .that the team has no interest in trading running back Adrian Peterson. Apparently the Peterson camp didn't see the press conference and/or doesn't care, as we finally got some word straight from the horse's mouth on Tuesday evening.

Peterson, who was attending the NBA game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, was approached about the subject of a possible trade by Dallas reporter Mike Leslie. Per Leslie, here's what Peterson said.

Well, I'm sure that Adrian Peterson thinks it would be nice to play in Dallas. Personally, I think it would be nice if the Publisher's Clearing House people would show up at my front door tomorrow holding a check for ten million dollars. (Publisher's Clearing House is still a thing, right?) But if nobody is going to give Rick Spielman what he wants, it doesn't appear that either one of those things are going to happen.

As we've said before, you'd think that any sort of trade involving Peterson would have to take place before the draft, rather than on draft night. Any team that's going to take Peterson in a trade is going to demand a contract restructure (at least, you'd assume so), and that's something that needs to be worked out in advance and not really done on the spur of the moment. As we're now on "Draft Eve," it would appear that the odds of such a thing happening are getting longer and longer.

But this is as close to a trade request or demand as we've heard from Peterson himself during this process. Is it going to make any difference? I sort of doubt it, but I've been wrong before.