Latavius Murray isn't anxious about the Vikings run game struggles last season; he's focused exclusively on the way he can help improve Minnesota's offense in 2017.
Murray, who said he grew up watching and admiring Peterson, announced during his conference call that he will instead wear No. 25 for the Vikings.
After years of Adrian Peterson, the Vikings now turn to Latavius Murray, recently signed from the Oakland Raiders. He declined to say whether Peterson was ever given an offer from the team after Minnesota decided not to exercise his contract option for the 2017 season.
Lacy's decision ends chances of Peterson perhaps signing with Seahawks after he had visited with them Sunday and Monday.
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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. Instead, Murray said he will go with No. 25.
Murray took to social media after the signing of his contract saying that, out of respect to Peterson, he wouldn't ask to keep his number 28, which he wore with the Raiders. "When AP came onto the scene and Fred retired, he was my reason for keeping No. 28", Murray wrote. This move should come as a relief to many (or some) of the fans who have been upset by the Vikings free agency moves thus far, or at least those anxious that they were going to have too many needs to cover in the draft (Like me) after the losses incurred since free agency began last Thursday. I'm not here to be No. 28; there's no one like him. I ask that you accept me for the player I am and know that I'm here to give you all I got and to win.
It's not a surprise the Jaguars had some cursory interest in a free agent runningback, as the run game last season was a disaster.