Former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray enjoyed his visit to Minnesota so much on Wednesday that he ended up staying at the facilities of the Vikings until the early morning hours of Thursday.
The former Oakland back then officially signed a contract with Minnesota that was announced at 1:45 a.m. Thursday by the Vikings. Murray was interviewed by the Vikings website following the announcement that he had signed with the team.
Murray called his time with officials from the Vikings an experience. It being his first time as a free agent he did not know what to expect. However, he is pleased he signed and can concentrate on playing again with a great organization and team.
Oakland, who picked Murray in 2013 during the sixth round, decided it would not keep him after his contract expired at the end of this past season. That put the running back on the free agent market and he visited Jacksonville, Seattle and Minnesota.
Despite sitting out a pair of games during 2016, Murray rushed for 12 touchdowns, which was No. 5 in the NFL. He rushed for 788 yards. However, his biggest season with the Raiders was 2015, when he rushed for 1,065 yards while starting all 16 regular season games. He was also named to the Pro Bowl that season.
The addition in Minnesota of Murray to the backfield means it is likely that Adrian Peterson’s time with the Vikings has come to an end following 10 seasons.
The NFL MVP of 2012 is the all-time leading ground gainer for the Vikings with 11,747 yards.
When Minnesota opted not to pick up an option year in his contract, Peterson’s father said his son would like to remain a Viking player however, that particular option does not look good at this point.
The running back free agent market has become clearer the last two days. Murray and Peterson had been looking at both Minnesota and Seattle. Murray has signed, but Peterson looks out for both teams as Seattle on Tuesday signed former Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy to a new deal.
With Murray at Minnesota and Lacy now with the Seahawks, the options are few for Peterson. It has been reported he would like to play for Oakland, which needs to fill the spot left when Murray signed with Minnesota, so if he likes what they offer, it could be good for both player and team.