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Jerome Felton expresses unwavering desire to re-sign with Vikings

Posted by: under Vikings, Adrian Peterson Updated: January 7, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Vikings fullback Jerome Felton, signed to a one-year deal last March, is scheduled to become a free agent in March. But the first-time Pro Bowler has made it very clear he doesn’t want to hit the open market, hoping his agent and the Vikings front office can quickly get a deal done to keep them here for a while.

In an exit meeting Monday with General Manager Rick Spielman, Felton made his wishes clear, expressing gratitude to the Vikings for giving him a chance to showcase his skills this year and hoping he can continue to do so.

“I know it’s a business and all that,” Felton said. “But I feel good about being here. So I hope they get something done … This is where I want to be. I want it to get done.”

Felton has joked around with friends that he believes he’s the best fullback in the league. Now, he said, with a trip booked to Oahu for the Pro Bowl, he has much greater supporting evidence.

“Now I’ve got a little bit more credibility,” he said.

As a punishing lead blocker this season, Felton helped star running back Adrian Peterson rush for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peterson also tied an NFL record with seven runs of at least 50 yards, most of those explosive runs coming with Felton ahead of him.

Felton, who just completed his fifth NFL season, sensed that signing with the Vikings last spring provided the perfect fit. Now he’s certain of it.

“When you have a guy like Adrian, you know they’re going to run the ball. That’s not going to change here,” Felton said. “They’re built on that. I’ve been on teams where the promise was to run the ball and things like that. But in reality, that’s not what it was. So just to be in a place where you know that that was going to be what we were built on, our foundation, I feel like I can succeed in this offense.”

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