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Latavius Murray contract is a one-year deal with two option years

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The Vikings could have paid Adrian Peterson $18 million this year. Instead, they’ll pay Latavius Murray as little as $3.4 million this year.

That’s the only true guarantee at signing for the newest running back in Minnesota, and the minimum he’ll earn this year. He’s eligible for a $100,000 workout bonus, and he’ll earn up to $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses, with $46,875 tied to each game in which he’s on the 46-man active roster.

Another $1.1 million of his base salary is guaranteed for injury only at the time of signing. The full $5.15 million in salary that he’s due to make in 2018 becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2018 league year, giving the Vikings a clear opportunity to decide whether to extend Murray’s stay from one year to two.

The total value of the three-year contract (including up to $1.75 million in total per-game roster bonuses) is $15 million. He has a significant incentive and escalator package tied to rushing yards and Pro Bowl qualification.

Ultimately, it’s a low-risk deal for the Vikings that carries a decent upside for Murray. And it gives them a tailback who will be a lot more affordable than either what Peterson was due to make or what he expects to make in 2017.

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25 Responses to “Latavius Murray contract is a one-year deal with two option years”
  1. pastabelly says: Mar 18, 2017 10:19 AM

    Those phony contract years are team friendly and only serve to stick it to the player. He would have been better off with a one-year deal.

  2. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 18, 2017 10:22 AM

    $18 mil/year for a running back.

    May never happen again. Not in this NFL landscape.

    Dare I say even the transcendent talents (one or two per generation) will have a tough time making upwards of $8-$10 mil/year.

  3. codiablo says: Mar 18, 2017 10:24 AM

    Great, now sign Michael Floyd. Bring him home, straighten him out and teach him how to reach his potential

  4. tjacks7 says: Mar 18, 2017 10:31 AM

    I’ll wait and see but I’d give the Vikings a C for their efforts in free agency. The only signing that has been absolutely atrocious is Remmers. Everyone else has been pretty ‘meh’.

    The glaring issue is STILL that the Vikings offense is lacking playmakers that can change the game in the blink of an eye. Patterson has the potential but the coaching staff wasn’t bright enough to use him right the majority of the last 3 years. I just don’t see how the Vikings can score with the elite teams on those days the defense is off.

    Zimmer said something a few years ago that always kind of seemed weird. He talked about how he wanted to play good defense and have the offense score 20 or so points. That’s it a recipe for a championship team in today’s NFL. Eventually, your offense is going to have to win you the game at some point and I’m still not convinced the Vikings offense can do it. After all, Zimmers been here for a few years and hasn’t had the offense ranked over 26th… so obviously he can’t do it on scheme alone.

  5. raiderinva says: Mar 18, 2017 10:34 AM

    I think he is going to miss that offensive line in Oakland…..

  6. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 18, 2017 10:55 AM

    Take notes mr. Thompson.

  7. pastabelly says: Mar 18, 2017 10:57 AM

    footballisnotthatimportant says:
    Mar 18, 2017 10:22 AM
    $18 mil/year for a running back.

    May never happen again. Not in this NFL landscape.

    Dare I say even the transcendent talents (one or two per generation) will have a tough time making upwards of $8-$10 mil/year.
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    Bell $12 million – Post Peterson, he’s the first, but Freeman, Elliott, Gordon, and Gurley could hit $10 million as well.

  8. pkrlvr says: Mar 18, 2017 11:24 AM

    Take notes mr. Thompson.
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    Yeah the more successful team should definitely take notes from the less successful one.

    It’s a good signing, be happy, stop worrying about the pack so much.

  9. absodefinitely says: Mar 18, 2017 11:29 AM

    tjacks7 says:
    Mar 18, 2017 10:31 AM
    I’ll wait and see but I’d give the Vikings a C for their efforts in free agency. The only signing that has been absolutely atrocious is Remmers. Everyone else has been pretty ‘meh’.
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    As a Vikings fan I’m pretty disappointed. I would probably say a C or C- is about right…The Murray signing is the only one I actually like . I might even give them a D for letting Munnerlyn and Patterson leave….I think Patterson will flourish in Oakland…I still think the Vikings seriously screwed up not using him more…..and I don’t think Alexander is ready to take over the slot role and Newman doesn’t seem like a good fit there. Looking at the roster, it looks worse than last year, not better. I didn’t make a huge deal out of the draft picks they gave up for Bradford, but if they were going into FA knowing they were not picking in the first round, should have been more active….at least sign a better lineman than Remmmers.

  10. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 18, 2017 11:35 AM

    Remmers and Reiff are not great, but they are an upgrade from what we had last year. The OL market was depleted this offseason.

    Y’all have quickly forgotten how truly awful our OL was last season. They’re both average players, yes. Which is a bigly upgrade from last season.

  11. screamingyellowzonkers says: Mar 18, 2017 11:41 AM

    Might be the smartest move Spielman has made in years.
    But given the state of the offense, I don’t know if Murray will can be very successful.

    Sure hope the Zigs have told Spielman that he is on the hot seat.

  12. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 18, 2017 11:59 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Mar 18, 2017 10:57 AM

    Bell $12 million – Post Peterson, he’s the first, but Freeman, Elliott, Gordon, and Gurley could hit $10 million as well.
    ————————————————————-

    True, though the franchise tag is a bit of an extenuating circumstance.

    Melvin Gordon at $10 million? Freaking lol. Come on. Any GM that makes that move should be publicly tarred and feathered.

    Freeman? His backup is better than him! He ain’t getting $10/mil. Not even close.

    Elliott is a possibility if he stays out of jail. But I’d still be surprised by a 10/mil annual contract.

  13. f22raptorguy says: Mar 18, 2017 12:23 PM

    And he blocks!

  14. nflpoker says: Mar 18, 2017 12:23 PM

    All this basically means is that the Vikings will draft a RB and he will probably be starting in 2018. Again, Murray is just a bridge RB, nothing more. The Vikings have a lot of outs in Murray’s contract. RB = no leverage. If Murray does produce, the contract still favors the Vikings for 2018.

  15. getadealdonealready says: Mar 18, 2017 1:39 PM

    footballisnotthatimportant says:
    Mar 18, 2017 11:59 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Mar 18, 2017 10:57 AM

    Bell $12 million – Post Peterson, he’s the first, but Freeman, Elliott, Gordon, and Gurley could hit $10 million as well.
    ————————————————————-

    True, though the franchise tag is a bit of an extenuating circumstance.

    Melvin Gordon at $10 million? Freaking lol. Come on. Any GM that makes that move should be publicly tarred and feathered.

    Freeman? His backup is better than him! He ain’t getting $10/mil. Not even close.

    Elliott is a possibility if he stays out of jail. But I’d still be surprised by a 10/mil annual contract.

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    I agree with the latter, I wouldn’t say never, but it will be rare to see teams give big $ to RB’s going forward. Gurley was pedestrian at best last year, which shows that even very good talents need an offensive line to have success.

    Only two I see playing right now that will get close to that kind of money (10-12 mil) would be Elliot and D. Johnson, the hard part is healthy is always a factor with the position, more so than any other position.

  16. originate421 says: Mar 18, 2017 2:16 PM

    A few things… Viking fans… don’t be idiots. There is limited amount of money to spend on FA’s and resign drafted talent like Rhodes. Good teams are rarely constructed through FA.

    Secondly, Gurley, outside of 5-6 big carries his rookie year has averaged 3.2 ypc… he is Trent Richardson… not AP.

    Lastly, Murray sucks and really won’t be carrying the ball a lot. Signing him to a year contract shows they plan to upgrade that position through the draft.

  17. tjacks7 says: Mar 18, 2017 2:35 PM

    Good teams are rarely constructed through FA.

    Tell that to the Pats who trade draft picks, players and sign free agents as much as anyone. This is very faulty logic in today’s NFL. You have to sign free agents that fit your schemes at a good value as well as draft well to consistently be successful. You can’t just do one or the other. The teams that get in trouble in free agency are the ones who pay average players like franchise players.

  18. walker1191 says: Mar 18, 2017 2:40 PM

    Any young football player needs to immediately switch from RB to DB if he hopes to make real money.

  19. originate421 says: Mar 18, 2017 2:54 PM

    Walker1191
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    most people would be doing well to make 3.4 million over 30 years…

  20. originate421 says: Mar 18, 2017 3:04 PM

    Tjacks
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    I agree… draft well and supplement through FA. You just can’t build a team through FA. I think the Vikings did well with Reif and Remmers. They lost a KR, 3rd string TE a punter and quality Nicklebac so this is still largely the same team, if not improved with Diggs/Theilen and average tackles, that went 16-6 from 2015 through the bye week until an unsustainable amount of injuries derailed their season… wholesale changes are not needed.

  21. glenne81 says: Mar 18, 2017 5:59 PM

    A clear tell that they are drafting a RB as early as possible.

  22. randytheraiderloveboy says: Mar 18, 2017 7:47 PM

    It is so cool to see other teams fall in love with our crap players. Championship City!

    GOOOOOOOOOOOO REEEEEGGGGGGGGGIIIIIIIIEEEEEE!

  23. chris1cat says: Mar 18, 2017 10:24 PM

    yea, like take notes Reeeeeeeegggggiiiiieeeee
    Slick Rick just stole one of your best players for peanuts.
    Did you read the artilce randytheraiderloveboy?

  24. getadealdonealready says: Mar 18, 2017 10:53 PM

    originate – you make solid points. My one concern is QB – before people jump on me, I think Bradford has a better arm and is an all-around better passer then Teddy. The two concerns I have moving forward are mobility in and out of the pocket. It takes time to build a good line, and Teddy was learning to create some time with his feet. Last what I haven’t seen from Sam is the ability to do whatever is needed to lead the team to victory. He can make all the throws, but Teddy is a winner, it didn’t look as pretty but he just seemed to do enough to get his team in position to win games, even that seattle playoff game, O had been bad all day, but when it mattered he put together what should have been a game winning drive. Here is to hoping Sam proves me wrong.

  25. whatjusthapped says: Mar 19, 2017 8:49 AM

    Before the Viking fans start buying purple confetti for next February, watch some tape of Murray. He has the most upright running style in today’s NFL, not good when it comes to avoiding injury.

    Then watch how many times he breaks a tackle, its about as rare as a Viking championship. Then watch his highlight reel runs, that Oakland O-line blew open some huge holes. Then ask yourself, how’s he going to fare behind the Viking’s offensive line and if you are honest with yourself (another rarity along the same odds as a Viking Superbowl win), you need to question why the Vikings even gave him $3M?

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