Star running back, however, would not hold any grudges if he was sent packing.
Minnesota superstar Adrian Peterson says he wants to stay with the Vikings and finish what he started despite rumors swirling the franchise might be interested in trading him.
The Vikings are out of the running for the NFL playoffs with season 2013-14 largely being a write-up, with injuries to key players and an unsettled line-up seeing them fall to be just 207.
“I definitely wouldn’t mind playing here,” Peterson said.
“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 elsewhere].”
Peterson, who earned the MVP last season on his way to almost breaking the single season rushing record in the NFL, is currently on a seven-year $100 million contract with the Vikings.
However, with this season being a lost cause and injuries, particularly at quarter-back showing the side to be lacking depth and class, the Vikings might become more interested in dealing the 28-year-old now for future draft picks.
“I understand that,” Peterson told the Pioneer Press. “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 is averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season and is on pace for 1,397 yards. He has scored 10 touchdowns.
Minnesota will look to try and restore some pride in their season when they tackle the white-hot Seattle Seahawks this weekend at CenturyLink Field.