Can you picture Adrian Peterson playing football in a Cowboys uniform? It might be more than just a figment of your imagination sometime in the future.

According to an ESPN Outside the Lines report that was released today, Peterson called Jones back in June while Jones was in the presence of an ESPN reporter to tell him that he would like to play for Dallas—his hometown team—before the end of his career. The ESPN reporter couldn't hear exactly what AP said to Jones. But he did document what Jones said to AP.

"I understand, Adrian," he said. "I'd like that, too…Well, I love your story. I love your daddy's story. I've always respected what you've been about. I've always been a fan of yours."

This is good news for Cowboys fans, right? Er, not really.

While it is good for Cowboys fans to hear that AP would be interested in coming to the Cowboys one day, Jones may have violated the NFL's tampering rules by speaking with the Vikings running back. According to those rules, Jones should have contacted Minnesota immediately after speaking with Peterson to reveal what was said to him. But by his own admission, he didn't do that. And because of it, Dallas might be subjected to "severe" penalties by the league. Those penalties could include a fine, a loss of a draft pick, or worse.

Jones told ESPN that he doesn't believe he violated the league's tampering rules by speaking with Peterson. But we'd be shocked if the league didn't say or do anything in the light of the OTL report coming out today. So stay tuned.

[via ESPN Outside the Lines]