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.