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Report: Cowboys to pursue Adrian Peterson to pair with Ezekiel Elliott

One of the greatest running backs in NFL history working alongside one of the most-talented young running backs we have seen come down the pike in some time.

To quote Angels in the Outfied, “it could happen.”

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys are going to pursue Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to team up with Ezekiel Elliott.

This isn’t the first time Dallas has been mentioned as a potential landing spot. When it was unclear Peterson would return to Minnesota prior to the 2015 season, the Cowboys were bandied about as a potential landing spot.

Now that the Vikings have declined the $18 million option on Peterson’s contract for the 2017 season, he will become a free agent next month. It’s the first time in Peterson’s 10-year career that he will hit the open market.

It also comes following a 2016 campaign that saw Peterson play in just three games due to injury. Overall, the future Hall of Fame running back has suited up for a grand total of 20 games since the end of the 2013 season. This should lower his asking price to the Cowboys’ liking.

A native of the Dallas area, signing with the Cowboys would be a homecoming of sorts for Peterson. It’s also been noted that he would prefer playing with an established quarterback. Coming off a rookie season that saw him tally 29 total touchdowns compared to four interceptions, Dak Prescott would certainly qualify there.