Adrian Peterson would 'understand' if the Minnesota Vikings looked to trade him - but insists he's not looking to leave.

Speaking to the St Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings running back admitted it's been a difficult season but reiterated his desire to win games with the team.

They're currently 2-7, with Peterson averaging 4.5 yards-per-carry this season. He's on track to run for 1,397 yards this term, and speculation has suggested the Vikings could look to shop their prize asset for draft picks.

But Peterson says he's more than happy to stay in Minnesota.

"I definitely wouldn't mind playing here," said Peterson. "I feel like we have the right pieces, and we can continue to get some pieces as well to hope build this team and make us even stronger.

"So, no [I don't want to go elsewhere]."

He signed a seven-year $100m contract in 2011. Widely regarded to be the best running back in the NFL, Peterson would be highly sought after should he become available.

Plenty of contenders would look to move for the back, with Minnesota well-placed to cash in and rebuild with the draft picks. Peterson says he understands the thinking behind the rumours.

But he's in it for the long haul.

"I understand that," Peterson continued. "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."

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