EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray.
The team announced the signing early Thursday morning. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Murray spent his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders. He ran for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns last season.
Murray was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders out of Central Florida in 2013. He has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns. Murray made his first Pro Bowl in 2015 after taking over as the Raiders’ No. 1 back and rushing for 1,066 yards and six TDs.
His arrival could signal the end of Adrian Peterson’s time in Minnesota. Peterson is a free agent who visited last week with Seattle.
The Vikings declined their option on Peterson’s contract for 2017 and made him a free agent for the first time. Minnesota previously stated its openness to re-signing its all-time leading rusher — but for the right price.
Both players wear the No. 28. In an Instagram post Thursday morning, Murray said “there wasn’t a thought in my mind to wear or ask for the #28.” He said he has too much respect for AP.
There wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28. I have too much respect for AP and so much respect for what he's done and what he means to this organization. Many people don't know, but I wore the #28 as a kid because of Fred Taylor who played for the Jaguars at the time. When AP came onto the scene and Fred retired, he was my reason for keeping #28. I want to say to Vikings fans: I'm not here to replace #28, he's irreplaceable. I'm not here to be #28, there's no one like him. I ask that you accept me for the player I am and know that I'm here to give you all I got and to win #skol
The Minnesota Vikings posted this video of Murray signing the contract.
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