Adrian Peterson: ‘I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings’

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The Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson have released statements following a report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that the Pro Bowler told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he wants to be a Cowboy.

Statement from the Vikings:

“We are focused on the 2014 season, and as we have consistently communicated, Adrian is an integral part of the Vikings organization.”

Statement from Adrian Peterson:

“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.”

According to an “Outside the Lines” report, Peterson spoke to Jones on the phone in June and said he would like to play for the Cowboys when his contract ends with the Vikings.

“Well, I understand, Adrian,” Jones told Peterson during the call. “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.”

Peterson, 29, is in the fourth year of a seven-year, $100 million contract.

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