The former MVP was responding to questions about his future in the team, with the Vikings possibly considering making use of their younger players as they build towards a goal of Super Bowl contention in the coming years.
"I think the organization would take a heavy hit – for real – more so from the fan base," Peterson told USA Today.
"I don't think it would be like a LeBron [James] situation where they're burning my jersey, this, that and the other. They might be doing [the opposite] and not buying some season tickets."
Peterson made his debut for the Vikings in 2007, having been chosen during the first round of the NFL Draft in the same year.