Adrian Peterson: I'd play for Cowboys

"This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings," the statement said. "I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking."

The Vikings said in a statement: "We are focused on the 2014 season, and as we have consistently communicated, Adrian is an integral part of the Vikings organization."

It is not the first time Peterson has talked about playing in Dallas. In December, he told ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo on the "SVP & Russillo" show: "I'd be a liar to sit here and say it hasn't crossed my mind before. Being from Texas, I've always wondered what it would be like to play in Dallas -- play back home."

Peterson was born in Palestine, Texas, which is about 110 miles southeast of Dallas.

The timing of the Jones-Peterson conversation came a month after Jones and the Cowboys passed on Manziel with the 16th pick of the NFL draft. In his story, Van Natta writes that passing on Manziel for offensive tackle Zack Martin stuck with Jones all summer.

"If we had picked Manziel, he'd guarantee our relevance for 10 years," Jones said in May. "When we were on the clock, I said if we pick the other guy -- any other guy -- it would be a ticket to parity, more 8-8 seasons.

"The only way to break out is to gamble -- take a chance with that first pick, if you wanna dramatically improve your team. That's why I wanted Manziel but I was the only guy who wanted him. I listened to everybody ... And I'm ... not ... happy ..."

In the story, which airs on "Outside the Lines" at 9 a.m. (ET) Sunday on ESPN and hits newsstands Sept. 5, Van Natta also writes at length about Jones' continued frustration with former Cowboys coach Johnson. Jones fired Johnson in March 1994, two months after the Cowboys won their second straight Super Bowl trophy.

"There was just an undermining that went on," Jones said in the story. "It's subtle. It's smart. ... I lost my tolerance of having an associate, a friend, not be loyal."

Information from ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon was used in this report.

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