Adrian Peterson hopes to finish his career with Vikings


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson would like to play his entire NFL career in one place.

“I definitely wouldn’t mind playing here,” Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I feel like we have the right pieces and we can continue to get some more pieces as well to help build this team and make us even stronger. … So, no, (I don’t want to go anywhere else).”

But Peterson understands it’s a business and knows he could be traded for draft picks in a possible rebuilding project.

“I understand that,” Peterson said. “I know this is a business and things like that happen. So, if it happens, it happens. There’s not much I can’t handle. I’m sure someone will welcome me with open arms if they do decide to trade me. … But it’s a business, so if they trade me, then, ‘Hey.’ ”

Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards last season, the second most in NFL history, as the Vikings went 10-6 and made the playoffs.  This season the Vikings are 2-7 and he has 786 yards, putting him on pace for 1,397.

“I think they’re doing a good job,” Peterson said of his line. “There’s so much we all have to improve on, and each week we’re trying to improve. … We just got into a few games where as an offense we got into a funk.”

Peterson signed a seven-year, $100 million contract extension in September 2011.

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  • Jim

    Only ones mentioning trading Peterson are sports writers with nothing else to write about. He’s looked up for another 5 years and will retire a Vikings player I’m sure. The people love AP and with the new stadium coming, there is no way he isn’t with us. Well barring injury of course.