Adrian Peterson: I would love to retire as a Viking

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The NFL had no comment on the report that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he wants to play for the Cowboys after his tenure with the Vikings comes to an end, but Peterson was willing to address it on Thursday.

In a statement released in tandem with one from the Vikings, Peterson admits that he spoke to Jones but says that he never told the Cowboys owner that he wants to leave Minnesota.

“This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings. I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking,” Peterson said in the statement.

The Vikings’s statement said they were focused on the 2014 season and, as they have “consistently communicated,” they consider Peterson to be an “integral” part of the organization.

Peterson is signed through the 2017 season in Minnesota, so it will be a while before Peterson can choose to play anywhere else unless the Vikings decide to move in a different direction. It would take a pretty severe drop in production for that to happen, which will make this a non-issue unless the league decides the conversation between Jones and Peterson crossed a line.

65 responses to “Adrian Peterson: I would love to retire as a Viking

  1. Could be worse. He could have said he wants to play for Green Bay, leaving the Vikings no choice but to trade AP to the Jets in order to stop him. Of course, then we’d have to burn his jerseys, call him “judas” and then retire his number 6 years later..

  2. You think the Vikings will let a first ballot Hall of Famer leave without a fight? It’s not like we are dealing with the drama of Randy Moss here. Adrian Peterson is priceless to the Vikings organization and will have a statue outside of the new stadium one day.

  3. veence69 says:
    Aug 28, 2014 3:10 PM

    Could be worse. He could have said he wants to play for Green Bay, leaving the Vikings no choice but to trade AP to the Jets in order to stop him. Of course, then we’d have to burn his jerseys, call him “judas” and then retire his number 6 years later..
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    Let us know when AP gets the Viks a Super Bowl ring……

  4. Sounds to me like he’s saying that he’d love to retire because he can’t stand playing for that horrible franchise any longer.

  5. Vikings fans were pretty cool back in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s … but Vikings fans today? … They don’t deserve you, AP.

  6. You people bashing the Vikings are just jealous that AP is in MN and hasn’t named your team as a potential employer.

  7. The Vikings paid every single dollar of Jared Allen’s contract, even when the market for pass rushers was WAY below what the Vikes were paying.

    I would count on the Vikes continuing to honor their contract with AP unless/until they feel his performance is in noticeable decline. AP stays a Viking for quite a few more years, most likely.

  8. As much as I love AP, at the end of the day in 4+ years, if he wants to go to Dallas (Umm, yeah they will have a great QB by then, sure they will, along with Romo leading them to a SB LOL) at the end of his career by all means do it. He has been a great player in MN, but at the end of the day this is a business and he has a place where he grew up.

  9. I don’t see what the big deal is…..doesn’t EVERY boy from Texas who plays football grow up wanting to play for the Cowboys??? So he just said what we all knew he was thinking. Pretty crazy that these players can’t even have casual conversations without people getting worked up and running to their lawyers. – from an unconcerned Vikings fan

  10. And some fans call AP the best RB of all time??? He wouldn’t even crack the top 5 Cowboys RBs of all time!!!! Can’t catch, can’t block, doesn’t practice.

    He’s the triple-threat of laziness.

  11. Juiced up low character father adrian peterson is overrated.

    There is NO WAY peterson is playing his whole career in Minnesota.

    Minnesota loses with him… so… they can win without him.

  12. Translation: “I’m up for one of two things — trade me somewhere, or give me a big, fat check to stay here for the few more years I’ll be useful in the backfield in this tragic offense.”

  13. AP is the greatest back this league has seen in some time. If the Vikes had any brains they would give up this fantasy that they are close to being a contender and trade Peterson to Dallas for a Herschel Walker type ransom and build a real dynasty! Jones is just dumb enough to give up the farm for a running back who is great but getting older. Unfortunately for Minnesota this opportunity will fly right by like their turn to pick on draft day. Losing is in their DNA, which is probably why Peterson wants out in the first place.

  14. “…I don’t see what the big deal is…..doesn’t EVERY boy from Texas who plays football grow up wanting to play for the Cowboys??? So he just said what we all knew he was thinking. Pretty crazy that these players can’t even have casual conversations without people getting worked up and running to their lawyers. – from an unconcerned Vikings fan…”

    I would agree with, but it’s one thing to say it in casual conversation with your friends, and quite another to get on the phone and discuss it with the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. Big difference…

  15. Well, of Peterson retires than he has a pretty good chance to make the hall of fame, and if he does make it, his entry alone would be a third of how many players seasterisk has representing them in the hall.

  16. Newsflash Viqueen fans… he does not have many years left.

    500 high school carries
    750 college carries
    2000+ nfl carries

    The sun is setting and one of the best will never get a ring. Almost feel bad for the guy.

  17. I think it is great that Minnesota sports teams encourages its stars to look elsewhere for those elusive championships (e.g., Matt Birk, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, Percy Harvin, Tarvaris Jackson). Of course, Dallas is not that place, so not sure what AD is thinking…

  18. I don’t think any vikings fan wants to see adrian peterson retire as a viking with his current contract…two years tops, then out. Great run though.

  19. I don’t hear Larry Fitzgerald wanting to play for the Vikings, because he’s from Minnesota?
    As a player you have to show respect to the team your playing for, as well as their fans.
    As a Packer fan, and friends of Viking fans, AP is a very selfish player. It’s alway’s been about himself.
    Favre was a little selfish but in a different way.
    He couldn’t make up his mind on retirement.
    Favre didn’t want to play for no other team besides GB. He had no option but to play for the Jets at that time.
    I would be extremely upset if I was a Viking fan. The GM should trade him to the Cowboys for the farm! You know Jerry will give out a lot for him.

  20. There is a short list of other professional sports teams, and most of their players, that I can’t stand. That being said, you just can’t help but respect the guys that are all time greats, and still playing! Same can be said for AP. The Vikes are on that short list, but AP is a beast and a lot if fun to watch if you love football.

  21. Big D says:
    Aug 28, 2014 3:38 PM

    You people bashing the Vikings are just jealous that AP is in MN and hasn’t named your team as a potential employer.
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    Yeah, because Green Bay really needs a Running back on the downside of his career soaking up 15 million a year in cap space.

  22. Not sure why the continuing to be terrible Vikes would keep a great but aging RB…

    Even when AP won the MVP two seasons ago, what did it get them? 10 & 6 and one and done in the playoffs.

    The team needs MORE than a great RB to win.

    At some point, due to Father Time, AP will only be worth spit.

    The Vikes should trade him while he’s worth something to a team.

    If the Vikes keep him for another two seasons or so, he’ll really not be worth much, if anything…

    And the Vikes aren’t about to win it all in the next 2 to 3 seasons.

    Ah, they KNOW that but they want to hold onto a player that puts fannies in the seats.

    Hint to Vikes ownership… WINNING puts fannies in the seats too and it’s WHY you play the game.

    Trade him and GET something from him other than fannies in seats and empty yards that lead to nothing ultimately…

  23. As I remember several months ago, Peterson was expressing displeasure in the direction that the Vikings were going, and he stated (afterward) that management had contacted him afterwards in an apparent attempt to convince him that all was okay. Peterson stated that he had since talked with Viking management and was okay with everything after their talk. He did not look convincing in that interview, so I am not surprised by this story. It seems credible that Peterson probably did express interest in playing for Dallas. Peterson should already be a Superbowl champion. He is that good. His frustration is understandable.

  24. Well, in 3 or 4 years the Vikings could go for a “Reverse Herschel Walker” and get a boatload of Cowboys draft picks (not that Jerry Jones could put them to a better use) for AD.

  25. scoops1 says: Aug 28, 2014 3:25 PM

    veence69 says:
    Aug 28, 2014 3:10 PM

    Could be worse. He could have said he wants to play for Green Bay, leaving the Vikings no choice but to trade AP to the Jets in order to stop him. Of course, then we’d have to burn his jerseys, call him “judas” and then retire his number 6 years later..
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    Let us know when AP gets the Viks a Super Bowl ring……

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    Hang around til 2017…………

  26. I’m sure the cheese heads will pay AP $1,000,000,000 just to play 1 snap bc that’s how special he is. He is what the Packass will ever dream of. Jealous, jealous, jealous but AP will never play for a terrible city, terrible fans, and terrible team like Dallas or Yellow Heads.

  27. f1restarter says:
    Aug 28, 2014 3:22 PM
    Liar. Nobody wants to play for the Vikings, much less retire a Viking.

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    This week’s poll of current players asked them the one team they would not want to play for. Number one was the Oakland Raiders, I believe the Green Bay Packers were tied at 5. And, they were the only NFCN team in the top 5.

  28. tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 28, 2014 6:39 PM
    Adrian Peterson: “I’m an amazing father and I’ve never taken HGH”

    Lies running rampant in short bus land.

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    Until proven otherwise, he’s never taken HGH. So, that’s the only lie I see here. Just how short is your bus?

  29. Use your heads. Peterson will NEVER get the money he’ll get in MN and the whole State of MN that cares about football most likely has his jersey. He is an idol and the Franchise.

    Unless it’s a lopsided trade or it’s 2-3 years from now this is just talk that means nothing.

  30. Teams of the NFC North want to see him stay with the vikings. His cap number and inability to win games holds the vikings back more than any defense.

  31. Dallas hasn’t been to a Superbowl in 20 years… LOL Obviously he’s assured a Superbowl ring by going there. LOLOLOL You want to talk about a screwed up organization. An owner that cant keep his damn hands of the team and let the coaches coach. He’s had horrible coaching staffs forever as no decent coach wants to work under the man

  32. He’ll be a free agent when he’s 33. You can have him then Jerry. He’ll be close to home and can have Adrian Peterson day once a week for a few years, sign a one day contract in MN and retire a viking. It’ll be Teddy’s team by then anyway and running backs will matter even less to this pansy passing league.

  33. wafflestomp says:
    Aug 28, 2014 5:13 PM
    Big D says:
    Aug 28, 2014 3:38 PM

    You people bashing the Vikings are just jealous that AP is in MN and hasn’t named your team as a potential employer.
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    Yeah, because Green Bay really needs a Running back on the downside of his career soaking up 15 million a year in cap space.

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    Well maybe then Green Bay would know what it’s like having a real running back.

  34. axespray says:
    Aug 29, 2014 2:43 AM
    AP will go into the hall of fame, as a Cowboy.

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    Players don’t go in the HOF wearing a cap. They make their busts, and on the plaque that accompanies them, they list all the teams they played for. But as always, a troll knows nothing about the NFL.

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