Former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has a new home. The 27-year old running back officially signs with the Minnesota Vikings after becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2016 NFL season. He will join Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata in the Vikings RB depth chart.
Latavius Murray was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL draft coming from the University of Central Florida. He signed a four-year, $2.26 million rookie contract but wasn't able to play his rookie season as he was placed on the injured reserve list. But not too long, he made a great run of his career as a professional football player.
In 2015, after the retirement of Maurice Jones-Drew and the departure of Darren McFadden, Latavius Murray was assigned to be the number one RB of the Raiders. And he didn't disappoint the team, as he was able to put up decent figures of 1,066 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. The productive performance earned him to be voted on the Pro Bowl that year.
And now, Latavius Murray will be bringing in his stuff to the Minnesota Vikings. According to CBSSports, the signing of Murray to the Vikings declined early Thursday morning. However, the terms of the deal are still not available up to this time.
The arrival of Latavius Murray seems to signify that the Minnesota Vikings will be parting ways with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson is still unsigned by the Vikings after the team declined to pick up his contract option for this year making him an unrestricted free agent. And with Murray in their fold, the Vikings are secure that they have one talented RB to go on offense.
In three season with the Oakland Raiders, Latavius Murray snared a total of 2,278 rushing yards and twenty rushing touchdowns. Last season, it was again a prolific showing from him by producing 788 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.