Murray Signs With Minnesota
The Minnesota Vikings let go of their longtime running back Adrian Peterson this off season. Now the Vikings have seemed to find a replacement for the future Hall-of-Famer.
Latavius Murray reached an agreement with Minnesota early Thursday morning for three years but has an player option next season says ESPN.
The deal gives the Vikings a young running back ready to hit the field. CBS Sports expresses how Murray’s first free agency experience felt.
“It was an experience,” Murray said of his first free agency tour. “Obviously, it being my first time, I didn’t really know what to expect, but just glad I get the chance to play the game again, with a great team, with a great history here in Minnesota.”
Murray leaves the Oakland Raiders after three years of increased success. Last season he ran for a career high in touchdowns, 12, and only muffed the ball up only twice. Murray also ran all over the field for 788 yards. Now, this is a little set back from 2015 when he ran for 1,066 yards.
Murray’s performance would put grant him a Pro Bowl selection in just his second season.
On the bright side, the Raiders used the double running back method and still Murray killed it. Hopefully with the Vikings, the 27-year-old will overachieve his previous stats and leave his diluted numbers in the dust.
Peterson now has no choice but to look elsewhere but his choices are limited.
He only played 20 games and gained 11 touchdowns over the last three seasons due to injury. AP only ran for a suspect 1.9 yards per carry last season as well. Now that he appears to be on a downward slump other teams need to see what he has left in the tank.
But since Minnesota have signed Murray, Seattle Seahawks took Eddie Lacy and Jamaal Charles has a meeting with Seattle as well, where will Peterson end up?
Peterson’s main teams should be the Raiders and the Green Bay Packers but only time will tell.