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Cowboys' Stephen Jones doesn't see a picks-for-player trade

IRVING, Texas -- As the NFL draft comes closer, it's always good to remember this: believe nothing at this time of the year.

Teams will not say the truth about anything, although the Dallas Cowboys have been willing to show their hand over the years.

The Cowboys need a running back after they were unwilling to spend to keep DeMarco Murray in free agency and have hosted some of the top backs available in the draft, such as Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Jay Ajayi and T.J. Yeldon.

They have also been linked to Adrian Peterson since they chose to let Murray walk.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones was on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday and was asked about the possibility of trading for a veteran running back.

"I don't see that happening," Jones said. "I think draft picks are so important for us. That's where your value is in this salary-cap era. I see us using all of our picks and hopefully do it in a good, wise way. Hopefully when the draft is all said and done, we'll have really improved our football team. I don't see us using any picks to trade for veteran ballplayers."

Reports have had the Cowboys interested in Peterson largely because of the easy way to connect the dots with Peterson's Texas ties and Jerry Jones' affinity for star players.

What is more difficult to do from a Cowboys' perspective is to come up with a package that the Minnesota Vikings would be willing to accept in either picks or players or both, while also being able to pay Peterson top money without a lot of salary-cap space.

None of it is impossible to do, but there are a number of hoops that would have to be jumped through before next week's draft to make a trade for Peterson doable.