And another one gone. Latavius Murray was in Minnesota Wednesday to visit the Vikings and they didn’t let him leave. He signed with the team, officially becoming the latest Raiders free agent to leave town, ending his four year tenure with the team.
Update: Murray signs a 3-year deal in Minnesota. See the details here.
The 27-year-old running back was selected by the Raiders in the 6th round of the 2013 draft. After spending a season on injured reserve with foot injuries, he saw action in 15 games in 2014. His breakout game came in week 11 when he rushed 4 times for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns, propelling the Raiders to their first win of the season, breaking a 16-game losing streak dating back to the previous season.
He has been the Raiders’ fulltime starting running back the past two seasons. As the feature back and workhorse in 2015, he rushed for 1066 yards and was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate. Last season, he put up 788 yards and 12 touchdowns, still taking the bulk of the carries, but sharing the load with rookies Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.
Murray replaces Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, whose option was not picked up by the Vikings due to the hefty $18 million price tag that came with it. Peterson is 32-year-old now and has yet to find a team.
Murray makes the 8th Raiders player to officially sign with another team (at least until we find out the situation with Andre Holmes). You can see the other seven signings here.