Minnesota Vikings sign playmaker in Latavius Murray

That speculation became fact early Thursday morning when the team announced the signing of Oakland running back Latavius Murray.

The Minnesota Vikings have officially closed the book on the Adrian Peterson era. He visited with the Seahawks last weekend, but their signing of Eddie Lacy would seem to cross Seattle off the list.

Murray, who turned 27 in January, was the epitome of a workhorse for the Oakland Raiders in 2016, leading the team in rushing with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games.

There wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28.

Peterson is still a free agent, and a reunion with the Vikings has always been considered a possibility for the running back.

A classy move from the Vikings' newest running back.

Since free agency began Thursday, the Vikings have had eight players leave for other teams and have not signed any of their own free agents. "We are very fortunate that we were able to have predominantly most of Adrian Peterson's career as a Minnesota Viking".

Peterson was a six-time Pro Bowler, a four-time All-Pro and the 2012 NFL MVP in 10 seasons with the Vikings.

Peterson, however, is 31, and running backs - even the best ones - can rapidly go downhill at that age.

"I want to say to Vikings fans: I'm not here to replace No. 28; he's irreplaceable".

In 10 seasons, Peterson started 116 of 123 regular-season games in 10 seasons, totaling a franchise-record 11,747 yards that ranks 16 in National Football League history and second among active players behind Frank Gore (13,065-eighth all-time).

"I'm planning on playing next season, " Newman told the network.



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