The news broke Wednesday night that Minnesota had landed free agent running back Latavius Murray late of the Raiders. Murray has been a solid “between the tackles” back in Oakland after being drafted in the sixth round in 2013 NFL Draft. This includes their breakout 2016 season resulting in their first playoff appearance in 13 years.
Murray had met with the Jaguars earlier in the week, as Jacksonville continues to try upgrade one of the poorest run games in the NFL. Their search in free agency and the upcoming draft continues.
Interesting tidbit here that the Vikings aren’t taking a long term risk on this deal:
Latavius Murray's deal with Minnesota is for three years, but can be voided after one season. Possible shot at free agency again in 2018.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 16, 2017
Meanwhile, the Murray signing likely means the end of “the Adrian Peterson era” for the Vikings, and as we wrote in January, the Buccaneers are a team that he had expressed interest in playing for in 2017.
However, a source tells F.F.I.’s Roy Cummings that there isn’t much interest in Tampa Bay, especially at a high price tag. Peterson who will be 32 this season was scheduled to make $17 million for 2017 and $6 million of it was to have come in a roster bonus last weekend.
Now, if Peterson is willing to take a smaller deal loaded with incentives? That might be a different story.
Then again, he may get a decent one year offer from someone like the Cowboys, as we know that Jerry Jones loves to throw bonus and guaranteed money around and he has also mentioned Peterson after his Vikings release.