Latavius Murray says Raiders never offered him a contract
The Oakland Raiders may have left Latavius Murray hanging after he did so much for them on the ground.
Latavius Murray has shed some light on how contract negotiations went with the Oakland Raiders, after signing with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent.
During an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, the 27-year-old running back said he had "conversations" with the Raiders about a new deal but claims that he never received an offer from the team.
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"I couldn't tell you why," Murray said. "I can't worry about that."
Murray was Oakland's starting running back. He led the team on the ground each of the past two seasons, eclipsing 1,000 rushing yards in 2015 and scoring a career-high 12 rushing touchdowns in 2016.
Even though the Raiders were unlikely to match the offers Murray received on the open market, one would expect them to at least extend an offer. Perhaps those in the front office weren't as impressed by him as his teammates and fans were.
The Raiders now have to find a way to replace Murray's impact. As admirable as DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard performed as rookies last season, neither one is built to carry the load Murray handled at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds last season. Washington and Richard are both 5-foot-8 and weigh just over 200 pounds.
Oakland should be in the market for a decent-sized replacement at running back. Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are two intriguing options, if either one is willing to come to the Raiders for an affordable rate. While acquiring Peterson would be as simple as signing an unrestricted free agent, Lynch would have to come out of retirement and get out of his contract with the Seattle Seahawks in order to play for a new NFL team.
While the Raiders sort out their situation at running back, Murray will continue his NFL career with the Vikings as Peterson's replacement.
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