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With Latavius in, is Adrian out?

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The Vikings made a Colts-out-of-Balimore middle-of-the-night signing of running back Latavius Murray, which could mean come the light of day that the Vikings will have moved on from Adrian Peterson.

It’s the immediate question raised by Murray’s arrival: Have the Vikings slammed the door on bringing back Peterson?

The easy answer is “probably.” More will be known based on the magnitude of the contract that Murray signed. In theory, he could simply become the new Matt Asiata in the Vikings offense, with Peterson back as the starter and underrated Jerick McKinnon adding versatility.

More also will be known when the Vikings have something to say about Peterson. At the latest, coach Mike Zimmer and/or G.M. Rick Spielman will be talking to the media at the league meetings in Arizona, in roughly 10 days.

Of course, Peterson could have a new team by then, which would make the question of whether he’ll be back with the Vikings moot.

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71 Responses to “With Latavius in, is Adrian out?”
  1. mortyglickstein says: Mar 16, 2017 6:33 AM


  2. stellarperformance says: Mar 16, 2017 6:37 AM

    Fingers X crossed! I hope they somehow get stuck with Peterson.

  3. Purple People Eaters says: Mar 16, 2017 6:51 AM

    There was zero chance AD was coming back.

  4. dawoger says: Mar 16, 2017 6:55 AM

    Can’t wait to see how fast this 8 year love affair deteriorates into a hate-fest between the Peterson’s and the lavender lucies.

    Folks just sit back and enjoy another amusing episode of the minisoda clown revue.

  5. GenXJay says: Mar 16, 2017 6:55 AM

    If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?
    When All Day lands a contract in gb, will their bandwagon fans call him a “child abuser”?

  6. hbudgess says: Mar 16, 2017 7:05 AM

    He’s done with the Vikings. Thanks for the great memories.

  7. blowfishes says: Mar 16, 2017 7:06 AM

    I think another clue will be if the Vikings allocate the #28 jersey to Murray.

  8. dansardo says: Mar 16, 2017 7:09 AM

    Peterson can find a team….as long as it’s no more than a 2 year one and almost all the money has to be earned in the form
    Of performance in incentives. His days of big contracts are over

  9. LovePeaceChickenGrease says: Mar 16, 2017 7:12 AM

    Yes, obviously

  10. redsea1111 says: Mar 16, 2017 7:14 AM

    How exactly do you equate a team abandoning a city in the middle of the night with another team signing an average running back? Honestly, I don’t get the analogy.

  11. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 16, 2017 7:16 AM

    Nice! See ya later AP, we’ll always have those fumbles at crucial moments to remember you by.

  12. Grugenhagen says: Mar 16, 2017 7:23 AM

    McKinnon underrated? The guy can’t break a tackle to save his life!

  13. funshipm174 says: Mar 16, 2017 7:32 AM

    Latavius the 4th highest rated pass blocking back in the N.F.L. In a way, additional help for Bradford and O-line.

  14. xlivsaints says: Mar 16, 2017 7:40 AM

    Poor man’s Purple Jesus

  15. chieftaindawg says: Mar 16, 2017 7:47 AM

    Adrian is damaged goods. Good for the Vikings.

  16. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 16, 2017 7:50 AM

    Common sense would say yes.

    A backfield of Murray with McKinnon on third downs is legitimate.

    However, our problems lie on the offensive line, especially run blocking. It was literally the worst I’ve ever seen at the professional level. Alex Boone can get mad all he wants. They were nothing short of freaking awful last year.

  17. infectorman says: Mar 16, 2017 8:07 AM

    Petersen, like Colin Kaep, is in the midst of a rude awakening.

    AP, starts 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage and can’t gain much positive yardage anymore. When he’s in the game, the D knows it’s going to him 85% of the time.
    He doesn’t catch passes out of the backfield with proficiency. Doesn’t pose the dual threat to keep LB’s and SS honest
    The game is passing him by before our eyes.

  18. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Mar 16, 2017 8:21 AM

    I’m hoping they sign Peterson back, not sure Murray is anything more then a stop gap. If he was, Oakland wouldn’t have let him go. And I would like to see Peterson finish his career in Minnesota.

  19. fmc651 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:31 AM

    AD didn’t always seem to appreciate what the Vikings did for him. They stood by him and paid him after he was suspended by the NFL when the Vikings didn’t have to. He couldn’t keep his dad in check from popping off to the press. If he comes back to the Vikings okay but if he doesn’t. Well that is okay too at this point.

  20. SouthTexasRaider says: Mar 16, 2017 8:34 AM

    All I know is that we need a true #1 back. When Murray was hurt for two games last season Richard and Washington could not and did not get the job done. They are the same kind of scat back style running back and we need a Tyrone Wheatley, carry two players on your back for the first type of bruiser back for the 3rd and 3 situations. But I believe Big Reg does know what he’s doing sooo…. RAIDER NATION BABY!

  21. vikingsftw says: Mar 16, 2017 8:34 AM

    All the pieces are almost in place to win it all. Just need to somehow resign Kluwe to be our punter again. With that, I then just dont see anyone stopping us.

  22. twinfan24 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:35 AM

    Hopefully, this means they are ready to move on from AP. The team and AP both need to break apart and get fresh starts.

  23. fartweasel says: Mar 16, 2017 8:36 AM

    Peterson was out even before Murray signed. It was past time to move on.

  24. Wonka22 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:41 AM

    I don’t know why anyone would even have any inkling that Adrian could still be brought back, why? Murray can/will average at least the equal ypc that AP could possibly accomplish. Rushing yds aside, Murray is a great blocker, he runs very well out of the shotgun formation, and he catches the ball 100x better than Peterson ever could if used in the pass game. He in effect, is the polar opposite of Adrian, when thinking about what Shurmur will demand from the backs in this offense. We now have someone who can do anything asked of him, and do it very well. In Adrian, he can run, but pretty much all the other traits mentioned above, he is poor at doing. Why would we waste a roster spot on a situational running back? We already have him on roster in Jerrick.

  25. autumnwind999 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:52 AM

    Good luck, Latavius. Good dude and player.

  26. basilray says: Mar 16, 2017 8:54 AM

    I just can’t see the value in bringing back Adrian now that we have Murray.

    I’ve liked Murray as a pro. He’s not flashy, but is generally pretty effective. He’s a much more versatile RB than Adrian ever was. But none of that matters if the O-Line play doesn’t improve.

    My guess the Vikes stick w/ Murray, McKinnon, and Asiata.

    Here’s to hoping Murray looks good in Purple.

  27. eatme2259 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:56 AM

    What in the world are we going to do without the “beaterson” or he needs a “switch” jokes. At least we will have the original SKOLOL

  28. ammarradhi says: Mar 16, 2017 9:01 AM

    Deuces AP

  29. tqaztec says: Mar 16, 2017 9:02 AM

    AP has fumbled his last football with the Vikings. Karma, karma, karma.

  30. emoney826 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:08 AM

    Shows how terrible viking fans are with how they talk about the greatest player ever to wear a Viking uniform. You all cast him off as if he’s a bum. He literally carried your team for the past decade. Without him, you’re the Browns.

  31. yooperman says: Mar 16, 2017 9:10 AM

    When All Day lands a contract in gb, will their bandwagon fans call him a “child abuser”?

    Yes, and I will take my “fake stock” off the wall and become a Bears fan.

  32. realfootballfan says: Mar 16, 2017 9:11 AM

    If that’s their answer, that’s a bad question. Murray is a mediocre back who barely cracked 4 ypc with the Raider line which was arguably the best in football this side of Dallas.

  33. purplepride11 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:12 AM

    AP is gone, Asiata is gone. They will draft a RB for their 3rd back.

  34. exinsidetrader says: Mar 16, 2017 9:13 AM

    The man beat a 4 year old so hard with a stick that he perforated the little boy’s scrotum (and then rationalized it afterward).

    Say that out loud and tell me you want that lunatic on your team.

  35. gtodriver says: Mar 16, 2017 9:23 AM

    stellarperformance says:

    Fingers X crossed! I hope they somehow get stuck with Peterson.

    And just how would that happen?

    The only way he is on the Vikings in 2017 is if he signs a new contract as we declined to pay his bonus earlier this month.

    Of course, one would have to understand how things work in the NFL – and that leaves out most Packer fans.

  36. mnfaninil says: Mar 16, 2017 9:28 AM

    Murray is clearly a better fit with this (new) offense. AP rarely played on 3rd down, was a liability in blitz pickup. Vikings now have insurance and could start the season with Murray and McKinnon. No doubt they will take a RB in draft, just tough considering their more pressing needs on OL, Nickel, WLB, DT (Floyd most likely gone), P, KR, WR (Treadwell bust), STILL needing an upgrade at safety opposite Smith.

  37. fwippel says: Mar 16, 2017 9:36 AM

    Yes Sherlock, AP is done in Minnesota. The real question is where does he end up. Right now, his best bets look like either Oakland or Green Bay (which would be absolutely hilarious).

  38. qbarrel says: Mar 16, 2017 9:38 AM

    I’m sure that AP thought he’d be making bank when he hit the open market. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, but do you think he’s become aware of his new reality yet?

  39. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 16, 2017 9:41 AM

    There is no chance the Vikings won’t draft a running back in this deep draft. Thanks for the memories, Adrian. Now get out and let us begin our future.

  40. deneb1973 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:45 AM

    AD’s father has made him radioactive – and the poster boy for arrogance. A sad way for a tremendous player to painfully end his career – expecting the NFL to embrace a 32 year old back who has not produced in two years. Reality is a harsh mistress.

  41. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 16, 2017 9:46 AM

    The best part of Murray’s game is he’s really good in pass protection, which is pretty important when you’re rebuilding your line. It will be nice to have someone back there who doesn’t tip off what the play is just by his presence in the game.

  42. cobrala2 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:49 AM

    I didn’t realize there was question about Peterson’s return to the Vikes.

  43. jgedgar70 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:50 AM

    Well, since AP has wanted out of Minnesota for about 7 years now, I’d say yes, he’s gone.

    Problem for him is that the Cowboys already have a franchise running back and capable backup, so his lifelong dream of becoming a Cowboy isn’t likely coming true.

    Maybe he can go to Seattle and teach Bread-y Cakes-y how to walk away from a buffet table….

  44. atthemurph says: Mar 16, 2017 9:58 AM

    0 – 1961

  45. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 16, 2017 9:58 AM

    last night I prayed that AP signs in green bleh. That would be hilarious!

  46. joetoronto says: Mar 16, 2017 10:02 AM

    I hope to hell the Raiders stay away from the turd known as Adrain Peterson.

  47. vikegang says: Mar 16, 2017 10:16 AM

    It depends solely on which jersey number the Vikings give him.

  48. nflpoker says: Mar 16, 2017 10:20 AM

    Going, going, gone.

  49. it's not's yellow says: Mar 16, 2017 10:22 AM

    Murray can block and catch passes and is 5 years younger than Peterson. Major upgrade.

  50. nflpoker says: Mar 16, 2017 10:25 AM

    Murray’s Raiders number was 28. Peterson’s was 28. Hint. Hint. AD, your gone.

  51. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 16, 2017 10:25 AM

    A local radio host pointed out that the time of the press release announcing Murray’s signing was 12:47 AM, which was the exact same time as the press release announcing Peterson was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List almost exactly 30 months ago. Are the Vikings trolling Adrian in a very subtle way?

  52. r8rsfan says: Mar 16, 2017 10:30 AM

    Murray was a core piece of the Raiders offense for the last few years – his leadership and team-first attitude will be missed as much as his play on the field. Wish him health and success in Minnesota. Nothing but love for Ta-Train.

  53. truthbetold109 says: Mar 16, 2017 10:32 AM

    A line of swiss cheese has a lot of hole so he may find running room.

  54. rob471773 says: Mar 16, 2017 10:38 AM

    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.

  55. realfootballfan says: Mar 16, 2017 10:39 AM

    When people are bringing up pass protection instead of your running for an RB (which is a bit overblown because as I point out for Raider offensive linemen in pass pro, Carr’s release makes it a moot point, and he makes everybody in that department look better), you know you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. He’s a huge back who runs small. He’s like 230 pounds but rarely gets anything past first contact. Also, for the person saying he’s better suited for the shotgun runs, actually he’s not. He had the same problem with that aspect of Musgrave’s offense when it got to Oakland and often was displaced by the 2 rookies who were far superior to him last year running the ball out of those sets. It’s a bad signing.

  56. electricboogalo says: Mar 16, 2017 10:45 AM


  57. nflpoker says: Mar 16, 2017 10:45 AM

    Not to worry. The Vikings will draft Mixon. Depending on Murray’s contract, the RB that the Vikings draft, and they will draft one, will start once Murray is finished here. He is probably a bridge back anyway. Again, this all depends on Murray’s contract.

    Say Peterson, have fun selling life insurance.

  58. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 16, 2017 10:56 AM

    Murray runs way too high.. He got KO’d once in 2013 and once in 2015!

  59. bordner says: Mar 16, 2017 11:11 AM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:25 AM

    A local radio host pointed out that the time of the press release announcing Murray’s signing was 12:47 AM, which was the exact same time as the press release announcing Peterson was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List almost exactly 30 months ago. Are the Vikings trolling Adrian in a very subtle way?
    I don’t think the vikings are that clever. More than likely, the email just got stuck in their outbox and only got sent because one of the overnight janitors went online to submit his bracket before the tournament starts this morning.

  60. badmoonrison says: Mar 16, 2017 11:30 AM

    As a Raider fan I can tell you this guy is mediocre at best. Watch him this season in traffic. Watch how he refuses to fight for that extra yard. Watch how he cant break a tackle. Watch how he will disappear for weeks at a time. Watch how at least once a season he will have a 2-3 fumble game. He just doesnt have that warrior’s heart.

    You will see.

  61. mediasloppy says: Mar 16, 2017 11:33 AM

    AP needs to find a team that can open a whole and he’ll be putting up numbers like he used to. His biggest problem in his later years is way too much hesitation behind an average line. I hope Murray has better vision.

  62. mediasloppy says: Mar 16, 2017 11:36 AM

    I think this signing was mostly due to age.

  63. bigmark67 says: Mar 16, 2017 11:40 AM

    Murray is a good back, not great. Good receiver out of the backfield, good blocker on blitzes and not a primadonna type. Good guy to have on the team. Bad thing about him is that for a 225-230 lb back, he runs small, no forward lean and is often stood up on inside runs. As a Raider fan I was ok with losing him if he wanted more than 3 or 4 million a year. He can be replaced with cheaper alternatives in the draft and no to AP in Oakland.

  64. h0metownzero says: Mar 16, 2017 11:59 AM

    There is much toxicity in these Viking stories.

  65. getadealdonealready says: Mar 16, 2017 12:04 PM

    mediasloppy says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:33 AM
    AP needs to find a team that can open a whole and he’ll be putting up numbers like he used to. His biggest problem in his later years is way too much hesitation behind an average line. I hope Murray has better vision.

    Tough to find in today’s NFL, I think the rule changes which limited the time you can spend in full contact, and with pads on, have hurt the traditional style NFL runners. The best running backs these days can do a bit of everything, and are tyically guys who wait and let blocks set up. I loved watching AP over his career and wish this was different just not sure where he fits in right now.

  66. omeimontis says: Mar 16, 2017 12:15 PM

    AP has gone from the penthouse to the outhouse. He makes way too much money for the Vikes to keep him around as backup.

  67. wtfru2 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:33 PM

    Thompson is saying BUT, BUT, BUT, I got 2 tight ends!

  68. djvh2 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:38 PM

    ‘When All Day lands a contract in gb, will their bandwagon fans call him a “child abuser”?

    Yes, and I will take my “fake stock” off the wall and become a Bears fan.’

    I think this is how most Packer fans feel, and there will be a ton of outrage if Packers mgmt signs Peterson, even if it’s for the veteran’s minimum. And yes, we do realize it’s very possible he has a few monster seasons left in him.
    Someone else can have him.

  69. 13chpshps says: Mar 16, 2017 12:50 PM

    Peterson WAS the very best 3 years ago. His time has passed. Murray is an average RB. Don’t really understand this signing. Other areas seemed to be more of a priority for the Vikings. Peterson could make a poor OL better once upon a time. Murray will not. The Vikes could have probably found a similar talent in the 3rd or 4th round for a lot less money.

  70. dsheik says: Mar 16, 2017 12:58 PM

    Decent pickup by the Vikes.
    Could be a downgrade in rushing productivity, but Murray is better than AP at everything else that comes with being a RB

  71. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 16, 2017 2:29 PM

    Wow, didn’t take long for you guys to turn on the face of your franchise.

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