Vikings sign running back Latavius Murray

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It may be the early morning hours in the midwest, but that didn’t stop the Minnesota Vikings from making an addition to their roster on Thursday.

The team announced they have signed former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

It was an experience,” Murray said of free agency in an interview with the Vikings’ website. ” Obviously it being my first time, I didn’t really know what to expect but just glad I get the chance to play the game again with a great team with great history here in Minnesota.”

Murray visited the Vikings on Wednesday and didn’t leave town before signing with the team. Murray scored a career-high 12 touchdowns last year with the Raiders in rushing for 788 yards in 14 games with Oakland. He’s gained 2,278 yards with 20 touchdowns and caught 91 passes for 639 yards in three seasons played with the Raiders.

The signing of Murray also potentially closes the door on Adrian Peterson returning to the Vikings.

Murray visited the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks prior to making his decision to sign with Minnesota.

81 responses to “Vikings sign running back Latavius Murray

  1. As a Vikings fan, it’s bitter sweet. I love Adrian Peterson. But he’s looking for money that that far exceeds 72 yards of production and zero full seasons in the last 3 years. I am still hopeful for his return, but at the same time now is the perfect time to move on. Welcome Latavius.

  2. Considering it can be voided after only one year it sounds like a mid level salary contract to see how he fits with the team. I think that’s a great move and still leaves them in a great position to draft a RB in an early round. If he works out then he stays around, if not then the damage is minimal and really short lived. Smart move by my Vikings.

  3. If they blocked the way they did last year this signing matter but hopefully Reiff and Remmers along with draft additions will make that difference. Gives us less needs in the draft, still probably draft a rb though.

    Disclaimer: I am in not declaring the vikings “offseason champs” or saying we are now contenders. I have always believed in building through the draft but this fills a need and it has been time to move on from AP for a couple of years. If you assume I am predicting super bowl, it just shows that you’re a troll with nothing better to do. SKOL.

  4. Loved him while he was in Oakland but dude is a concussion waiting to happen. He takes too many head shots with his upright running style & inability to make the right cuts. I wish him luck though.

  5. LOL The guy I didn’t want us to get we ended up signing him. I was hoping to draft someone I don’t think this guy isn’t a good fit. But I guess welcome to Minnesota SKOL!

  6. Huh…think I speak for most of the NFL fans when I say I didn’t see this coming. Very interesting. Wonder where A.P. Goes now.

  7. Gotta admit, I kinda figured AP would eventually resign. He can always sign on to play for GB. I think they only have 1 rb under contract and he’s a converted wr.

  8. Murray should be a much better fit in Schurmer’s offensive system. Like Peterson, he’s a strong and fast runner and a touchdown machine. But unlike AP, Murray is also a decent receiver, a much better pass-blocker, can run effectively out of the shotgun and rarely fumbles.

    With McKinnon as a change of pace back and a RB likely taken in the draft, the Vikes should have a much better backfield this year.

  9. It’s going to be weird not seeing the Vikes have a good starting RB. No knock on Murray, but really, compared to Peterson, who the hell is this guy?

    Duuuust in the wind…

  10. As a Minnesota Viking 4life since 1968 and both a college as well as NFL Fan(atic)-this signing actually gives the Vikings a successful free agent signing period. The tackles the Vikings signed are not “great” but they are very good and a huge upgrade. Adrian did not run the way he used to, he has been tiptoeing to the line of scrimmage and not picking his hole and burst through like he used to. I will definitely miss Adrian Peterson but he will play again somewhere and I wish him well.

    P.S. Latavius Murray is an outstanding runner-but he’s just as good a pass receiver!

  11. AP2.0

    Sike, nifty pickup by the Vikes though; I think he’ll fit well with Mike Zimmer’s style of team. Although they held on to AP too long & didn’t trade ’em after the 2,000 yard season like they should have; I’m happy for them that they’re finally able to move on from that mess.

    Murray & McKinnon should compliment each other well while combining for a nice 1-2 punch. My concerns are McKinnon’s AVG per rushing attempt this past season compared to his previous two, along with Murray’s health and his avg yards per carry behind a top 5 offensive line in Oakland last season. We’ll see!

  12. Let’s see what kind of money is in the contract, the Vikings have become famous of late for paying $18M for the RB position where the next closest team’s highest paid RB was in the $7M range. Kinda stupid money when you think about it but then again, this is Rick Spielman you are talking about.

  13. I’m hearing 3 year deal with the option to void after 1. He won’t be winning any rushing titles, but he won’t need to. I still feel the Vikings will be drafting their featured back or RB of the future, but Murray will do a lot of what Matt Asiata did (short yardage, pass blocking, receiving) only much, much better. It’s another small step in the right direction.

  14. I always admired his play. If you put the traits of a really good & efficient running back into a computer: you’d want a solid runner, who can catch the ball out of the backfield, as well as hold their own in blocking. The biggest difference between him and AP, is that Adrian is not only a liability in catching and blocking, he is poor at running from the shotgun formation, something Murray excels at and Shurmur knows that. Go Vikes!!! This offense suddenly invokes the words “oh sh!t” to the defensive coaches who have to stop this offense going forward.

  15. Hilarious! We know Murray fits in perfectly with the lavender lucies in the category of being delusional. ” I get the chance to play the game again with a great team with great history here in minisoda.

    He must live in an alternate universe!

  16. As a Raider fan I hate to see Latavius go. This guy was a team first kind of player, put in his work and was a very good back in just about every facet of the game….his pass protection was fantastic, he was a big back w/ great speed and however his hands in the passing game could use some work…other then that a heck of a competitor. I wish him all the luck in the world in Minnesota and I think Viking fans will be real happy with this signing.

  17. There will come a time when he’s running and you will wish he’d run more like Peterson. He doesn’t always run with power or run angry. He is brought down by arm tackles way too often. I wish him luck, but there is good reason for the Raiders to let him walk.

  18. Apparently, a trade involving Flash & Murray wasn’t feasible.
    Hopefully Rick drove up the price on acquiring Jared Cook when Cook visits cleveland west.

  19. Great! Watched this guy run and he may be quick, but any 3-4th string defensive back can tackle him in the open field. He does not break many tackles and with Vikings offensive line, he should average 2.8 ypc.

  20. Not overly excited about the signing but it’s an upgrade from what we had last year. Will be a perfect compliment to McKinnon.

    What I am excited about is someone who doesn’t fumble so often, can catch the ball out of the backfield, and most importantly PICK UP BLOCKS!

  21. I read the Vikings offered Lazy a contract and he walked. Whew, dodged a bullet there. Don’t know a lot about Murray but he has 12 TD’s in 14 games last year.

  22. “…just glad I get the chance to play the game again with a great team with great history…”

    Dude, great team with a great history? Didn’t you just come from Oakland?

    Now I see why the Raiders weren’t real interested in keeping you.

  23. Latavius Murray with a big mistake you should have stayed in Oakland you went from one of the best offensive lines two running behind one of the poorest good luck and Minnesota should have stayed with car

  24. 1st off i like murray, he was great value as a 6th round pick up. I wish him the best. as unbiasly as i can i will say he left much to be desired. great pass blocker, could catch a little, but man, to be so big and not be able to push a pile or get YAC is frustrating. to be so fast and not go the distance often is frustrating as well. youd think as good as our oline was last year he would put up more than just 800 yards..think about it.. 57 yards a game..behind one of the best olines!! have a great career Tay Train thanks for the memories..

  25. jjackwagon says:

    Dude, great team with a great history? Didn’t you just come from Oakland?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Yes he did.

    The Raiders haven’t won a playoff game since Latavius graduated from 6th grade.

    All he knows about Raider’s playoff history is that they lost in the first round last year.

  26. Thanks for your services Tay Train, best of luck to you up North. Vikes fans, your getting a quality dude. Humble guy your kids can look up to and His best years were his 1st 2. Hes taken a lot of hits and some concussions because of his upright running style. He fell out of favor here in the Bay because he doesn’t hit the hole with quickness, he dances at the line. He also goes down with 1st contact and fails to drive forward for that extra couple yards. He is a beast at the goal line, hence his 12 TDs. Beware of saying he can catch out of the backfield, his average to below average at that.

  27. “He does not break many tackles and with Vikings offensive line, he should average 2.8 ypc.”

    That’s .9 yard more than AP averaged last year. UPGRADE!!!!!

    Did anyone hear that loud BOOM? That was the door to the Vikings stadium shutting on AP. He can take his self-entitled, non-productive, fumbling behind somewhere else. Hope he didn’t leave anything in his locker.

  28. Seriously though, Asiata averaged 3.3 behind last year’s mess, Murray will be over 4 this year.

  29. ” Obviously it being my first time, I didn’t really know what to expect but just glad I get the chance to play the game again with a great team with great history here in Minnesota.”

    Great Team = Huh??
    Great History = Fail

    he needs to either up his med’s or start some.
    Delusional!

  30. Murray to the Vikes, Lacy to the Seahawks… All-Day’s options are drying up in a hurry. Now we find out how badly he really wants to stay in the league.

  31. Great Team = Huh??
    Great History = Fail
    ====

    How many teams have been to 4 Super Bowls?

    It’s a pretty short list.

    .. the Bears and Lions are two of the oldest franchises in the League, and they’ve been to two. COMBINED.

  32. I love how Packer trolls slam the Murray signing by the Vikings. Maybe they should be more concerned about their lousy backfield. With Lacy and Starks gone, they don’t have an actual pure RB on their team. They have a converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery (80 career carries) and a fullback Aaron Ripkowski. That outta put fear into defenses.

  33. Latavius Murray has all of the physical tools and measurables to be a great running back, but for whatever reason it just doesn’t translate on the field. He’s not a bad running back, he’ll get you the 3-4 yards that are blocked and not much else.

    He’s got a workhorse build, but just isn’t as explosive as you think he would be. The guy is 6’3″ a ripped 230 and runs like the wind, yet somehow he’s basically a lesser version of BenJarvus Green-Ellis in his prime.

  34. ketchupaholic says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:14 AM
    Meanwhile back in Green Bay the defending NFC North Champions prepare to win another title.
    _________________________________

    I wouldn’t count on another title any time soon. It’s been a rough offseason for the Pack. Re-signing Perry & House and adding Bennett won’t make up for losing Tretter, Lang, Starks, Lacy, Cook, Hyde, D Jones, Shields and Peppers.

    If Rodgers stays healthy, they might go 8-8 this season. If he gets hurt, they won’t win a single game without him.

  35. Wish you nothing but the best with the Vikings Latavius.

    (How ironic would it be if Raiders signed AP)

  36. ———
    ackattack22 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:34 AM

    I love how Packer trolls slam the Murray signing by the Vikings. Maybe they should be more concerned about their lousy backfield. With Lacy and Starks gone, they don’t have an actual pure RB on their team. They have a converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery (80 career carries) and a fullback Aaron Ripkowski. That outta put fear into defenses.
    ——

    Actually his name is Aaron RippedOutski

    8)
    FUMBLE!!

  37. truehoosier62 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 8:35 AM

    I wonder if he holds on to the ball better than AD?
    ————————————————

    Yes, but not by a huge amount. AP fumbles every 71 carries. Murray every 91. Asiata every 120, and McKinnon hasn’t fumbled yet.

  38. McKinnon has 342 carries without a fumble….whenever it DOES happen, he will have an excellent ratio.

  39. ackattack22 says:

    With Lacy and Starks gone, they don’t have an actual pure RB on their team. They have a converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery (80 career carries) and a fullback Aaron Ripkowski. That outta put fear into defenses.

    ======================================
    And yet the Packers went to the NFC Championship game while the Vikings sat home for the playoffs (yet again), do you think the actual performance on the football field might mean more that a bunch of stats or a depth chart, both which are on paper? But paper is where the Vikings have won their championships every off season, enjoy your repeat in 2017 as the off season paper championship.

  40. He doesn’t have that consistent big play ability and that’s always bothered me. His 2014 season I had big hopes for that after his great game on Nov20 against the Chiefs where he had a couple of great runs. Nothing memorable like that in 2015 and going into 2016 he mentioned he reviewed a lot of film and he left many yards on field. He still left many yards on the field after rewinding many of his runs a taking another look.

    Good hands catching the ball, he’s a tall guy and I wish he would run lower. Great in the Red Zone. Off the field he’s a good guy, I’m gonna miss him. Good luck L!

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