With Murray taking over, Peterson is not expected to be re-signed.
As such, Murray's deal can be seen as a one-year contract where the Vikings can void the remaining $5.15 million if they cut the RB prior to the 2018 season.
Latavius Murray officially moved on from the Oakland Raiders this week when he signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent, but one small problem remains: Murray's jersey number.
"I've been a huge fan of everything that he's done there", Murray said on a conference call with reporters.
While he did rush for an NFL-leading 1,485 yards in 2015, Peterson projects as a first and second down back at this point in his career, as he has not factored into the passing game (traditionally a third-down scenario) in recent years.
With 33 receptions for 264 yards last season, Murray is more of a three-down player than Peterson, whose swift and powerful running skills were better suited to the state of the National Football League when he entered it in 2007. The past few seasons have been riddled with injuries but his 2012 season with 2,097 yards, 2nd most in National Football League history, is never to be forgotten.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers are all reportedly eyeing a move for the 31-year-old.
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"I'm just happy to be a Viking", Murray said.
"There wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28", Murray wrote.
Obviously, he would have to be released, or they would have to make a trade for him, but Skip, I like this. So, like I said, I'm excited man.
Peterson visited with the Seahawks earlier this week, but they signed Eddie Lacy. "I had a few Mr. Goodbars to keep me awake with the sugar". He has 2,278 career rushing yards.
He has failed to eclipse 40 carries in two of the past three seasons because of suspension and injuries. "You don't get value as a free agent because bottom line is he doesn't have much tread left on his tires, especially if he's played a lot".
Peterson is going to have to face the fact that he is not going to get the deal he thinks he deserves. His departure now leaves the Raiders with a pair of small, quick 2016 rookies, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, in the backfield and no power back to fill Murray's role. In the meantime, what is certain is he is gone from Minnesota.