For one, A.P. is a Minnesota Viking until further notice. He has 3 years worth an average of $14.75 million a year remaining on his contract with the Vikings. He cannot join any other team, no not even the Dallas Cowboys, unless the Vikings either cut him or trade him.
But since the topic keeps coming up, let's just take a look at those options real quick so that everyone is clear on this moving forward, shall we?
Trade Adrian Peterson to the Cowboys –
There is no possibility of this. The Cowboys wouldn't even pay DeMarco Murray $8 million a year, so why would they accept a trade for a player with a contract worth 184% of what they already would not pay? Forget that the Cowboys don't have the cap room to make that trade possible, it's just not worth it to them. They wanted to give Murray $6 million a year, per @fishsports. Peterson would cost more than double that on a trade.
Vikings cut Adrian Peterson for the Cowboys to sign as a free agent –
Same issue as above. If A.P. is owed more than $14 million by the Vikings for 2015, even if he was cut by the team, what makes anyone think that he'd come to Dallas for less than half what he is currently worth?
Sure, getting cut would be a clear sign that his worth has dropped since he signed that contract, but more than 50% less? Nah.
I realize that A.P. has said he's always wanted to play for the Cowboys, but wishing just doesn't make it so. And paying his bills will trump his life long dream Every. Single. Time.
So no, Adrian Peterson will not be wearing a star on his helmet anytime soon.
I'm officially done taking Adrian Peterson questions.