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Minnesota Vikings to visit with RB Lavatius Murray

The Minnesota Vikings won’t be signing Eddie Lacy, but they are meeting with another top-ranked free-agent running back.

The Minnesota Vikings are visiting with former Oakland Raiders free-agent running back Latavius Murray on Tuesday after another running back, Eddie Lacy, agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks.

Lacy visited with the Seahawks before coming to Minnesota over the weekend and then leaving to visit with his former team in Green Bay – all before making the decision to sign with Seattle.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Lacy weighed 267 pounds at one of his free-agent visits, but the Seahawks still were willing to give him a one-year, $5.55 million contract with $3 million fully guaranteed, according to NFL Network.

Murray also visited with the Seahawks and now turns his attention to the Vikings, who are looking for a replacement for Adrian Peterson. In the world of revolving running backs in this year’s NFL free-agent world, Peterson also visited the Seahawks but left without a contract, and the Seahawks will reportedly still entertain former Kansas Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles with a visit later this week.

For the Vikings, all that matters now is Murray’s visit.

Over the last two years with the Raiders, he has played in 30 regular-season games, starting 28 of them. And at 27 years old with only three years of NFL wear and tear on his body, he fits the profile of what the Vikings have been looking for in free agency this year.

Murray’s best season with Oakland was in 2015, when he rushed for 1,066 yards. Last year, he rushed for 788 yards but had a career-high 12 rushing touchdowns. Given the Vikings’ struggles in the red zone and near the goal line, Murray could be a valuable commodity for them and would seem the most likely of the top free-agent backs to garner a contract offer.

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