Vikings, RB Latavius Murray sign deal; led Raiders in rushing in '16

Mar 17, 2017, 01:22

The Vikings said then they're weren't closing the door on Peterson coming back, but he apparently did not come close to being re-signed.

In a move that should officially mark the end of Adrian Peterson's time in Minnesota, the Vikings announced late last night that they had agreed to terms with former Oakland Raiders running back, Latavius Murray, who had visited the team on Tuesday. Peterson became a free agent last week for the first time since entering the National Football League with Minnesota in 2007.

Peterson or others in his camp have mentioned the Buccaneers, Giants, Raiders and Texans as other spots of interest.

Murray than assured the good people of Minnesota that he's not looking to replace Peterson in any way.

Murray, 27, had 1,052 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns last season for the Raiders. The draft, a very deep one at running back this year, seems to be the way to expect Oakland to go.

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But having a seasoned presence like Dempsey would appear to be nothing but a positive development for the U.S. Arena also rather surprisingly opted to leave Benny Feilhaber , Sacha Kljestan , and Timmy Chandler.

Teams can't be faulted, however, for seeing a guy who turns 32 years old next week and doesn't help on passing downs. Logic says they'll address their defense early in the draft and find value in a running back later, just like they did with Murray four years ago.

"I'm planning on playing next season, " Newman told the network.

"There wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28", Murray wrote. For one, I grew up watching the guy and I've been a huge fan of everything he's done there. Some 10 years later, picking up blitzes and catching passes are more critical than ever for running backs.

"It's a business and I had to make a decision that was best for me and the place I knew I could have success at and get an opportunity", Murray said.