After declining the option year on Adrian Peterson’s contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, and passing on Eddie Lacy after visiting with him, the Minnesota Vikings found their replacement for Peterson.
The Vikings announced the signing of Latavius Murray early Thursday morning. According to ESPN, it is a three-year deal that can be easily voided after one year.
Over the last two years with the Raiders, Murray 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 but also has been a contributor in the passing game.
Last year, he had a career-high 264 yards receiving on 33 catches, and in 2015 he had 41 catches for 232 yards.
The Vikings also visited with tight end Jared Cook on Wednesday, but he continued his free-agent journey with a trip to Oakland after leaving Minnesota late Wednesday night.