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No. 28 off limits for Minnesota Vikings' Latavius Murray

No. 28 off limits for Minnesota Vikings' Latavius Murray

Minnesota signed running back Latavius Murray on Wednesday night, all but signalling the team's decision to move on from the soon-t0-be 32-year-old running back.

Murray's deal is for three years but can be voided after one year, meaning he could be a free agent again next year, a league source tells ESPN Insider Field Yates. Vikings fans will rejoice to see a true workhorse back pick up Adrian Peterson's mantle.

Peterson has visited with the Seattle Seahawks, who opted to sign former Packers running back Eddie Lacy instead. Coming off a 1,000-yard season in 2015, Murray became part of a three-man backfield with De'Andre Washington and Jalen Richard. Peterson ends his tenure with the Vikings as the franchise leader in career rushing touchdowns, career rushing yards, most career carries, most rushing touchdowns in a single season and most rushing yards in a single season.

"I'm just happy to be a Viking", Murray said.

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Though not a literal trade, Peterson in Oakland and Latavius Murray in Minnesota would in effect be exactly that.

For years Peterson was an electric runner and was the core of the Vikings' offense. He's rushed for almost 12,000 career yards and almost 100 career touchdowns. Traditional "running down" backs like Peterson who want the ball 25 times per game - without providing pass-catching savvy - are getting phased out.

"When I saw that maybe this could be a team I would be playing for, obviously you think about those different scenarios", Murray said.


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