The former Raiders running back officially signed a deal with the Vikings in a move that was announced by the team just after 1:45 a.m. ET on Thursday. The late time didn’t seem to bother Murray, who did an interview with the team’s website after the contract was announced.
“It was an experience,” Murray said of his first free agency tour. “Obviously, it being my first time, I didn’t really know what to expect, but just glad I get the chance to play the game again, with a great team, with a great history here in Minnesota.”
The Raiders, who selected Murray in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, decided not to retain the running back after his rookie contract expired following the 2016 season. That put the 27-year-old on the market for the first time, and he took advantage of it by taking visits to Jacksonville and Seattle, along with Minnesota.
Despite missing two games in 2016, Murray still rumbled his way to 12 rushing touchdowns, which ranked fifth in the NFL last season. The running back also carried the ball 195 times for 788 yards last year. Murray’s biggest season came in 2015, when he started in all 16 games for the Raiders and rushed for 1,066 yards during a season that led to his first and only Pro Bowl appearance.
In Minnesota, the addition of Murray pretty much means the Adrian Peterson era is officially over after 10 seasons. The 2012 NFL MVP is the team’s all-time leading rusher with 11,747 yards.
After the Vikingsin Peterson’s contract, Peterson’s dad to Minnesota. However, that option is pretty much out the door now since the Vikings have Murray.
Over the past two days, themarket has started to clear up. Going into the week, Peterson and Murray both had their eyes on two of the same teams: Seattle and Minnesota.
With Murray now in Minnesota and Lacy in Seattle, that doesn’t leave a lot of options for Peterson. The running backthe Raiders, a team that is looking to fill the hole left by Murray, so if the money is right, the two sides could be a good fit.