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Adrian Peterson 'would love to retire as a Viking'

Created: 08/28/2014 3:21 PM KAALtv.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reiterating that he hopes to remain in Minnesota until he retires in response to a report that he reached out to Jerry Jones about playing for the Dallas Cowboys this summer.

Peterson issued a statement on Thursday after ESPN reported that he asked Jones about playing in Dallas. Peterson says it "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."

The 29-year-old Peterson is in the fourth year of a seven-year contract.

The Vikings say they are focused on 2014 and "Adrian is an integral part of the organization."

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, talks with teammate Xavier Rhodes, right, on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Minneapolis.
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