Adrian Peterson has reiterated the statement that all Minnesota fans were desperate to hear, the running back wants to finish his career with the Vikings.
Interest from the Cowboys
The 29-year-old was responding to reports earlier this week that he had a conversation with Dallas owner Jerry Jones about one day playing for the Cowboys.
Peterson's home state is Dallas and the running back had reportedly had a phone conversation with Jerry Jones over the possibility of playing for 'America's team', however Peterson and and the Vikings responded by both issuing statements.
AP explained: "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.''
With players under contracts with other franchises, per NFL rules, Jerry Jones would be required to inform the Vikings of his conversation with their roster's running back, but there was no indication that Jones did.
Minnesota exclaimed in their statement: "We are focused on the 2014 season, and as we have consistently communicated, Adrian is an integral part of the Vikings organisation,''
It was only two seasons ago that Peterson received MVP honours in the NFL after rushing for 2,097 yards, the second most in the league's history.
Arguably one of the greatest running backs of all time, Peterson is approaching his 30th birthday and plays a position in which career lifespans are short, the value of the position is diminishing and their is an emphasis on youth.
Despite all the factors against Peterson, the Vikings will surely want to keep the running back for the rest of his career, not only due to his continued brilliance but his service to the franchise.
There have been flags raised about the health of Peterson, he has required surgeries to repair injuries in the last three seasons.
Although when asked about injury worries, AP responded: "It doesn't apply to me, I have a totally different mindset and mind frame, so I'll just stay in my lane and let everybody else say what they have to say."