Vikings Rule Out Re-Signing Adrian Peterson
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 0:53
Murray rushed for 1,066 yards in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl before falling off to 788 yards last season. But adding Murray represents the addition of a similar stylistic running back who is four years younger and has almost 2,000 fewer career rushing attempts. I want to say to Vikings fans: I'm not here to replace#28, he's irreplaceable. Obviously, I know it's a business - that I've learned these last few days. "I'm just here to fish".
He reiterated that statement Thursday. "You think about who's wearing No. 28". I'm going hunting and fishing this week. At 27 years old, he has a bright future ahead of him and has shown proficiency as one of the NFL's better blockers from the backfield.
Murray told reporters he intends to wear jersey No. 25 to honor the memory his friend, Jonathan Diaz, who played football and lacrosse at Murray's high school near Syracuse, New York.
The Minnesota Vikings continue to be active in free agency and announced another signing.
Peterson's response to the Latavius Murray tweet acknowledging his respect for #28: "That's what's up".
"Adrian will be moving on", Spielman said on a conference call with local reporters. "We had a great conversation earlier today".
Latavius Murray may be taking over the Vikings' starting running back job, but he knows it will be impossible to fill Adrian Peterson's shoes. The only visit Peterson has taken was to the Seahawks, but he was ruled out of their picture after they agreed to terms with Lacy. He has a skill set that he believes can make him a three-down back.
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). They have three Pro Bowlers up front in Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele and Rodney Hudson, which is three more than the Vikings had last season.
"I can improve the run game", Murray said.
Holes were hardly ever open, and when they did find them, they were tiny.