The Minnesota Vikings have found a replacement for the likely departed Adrian Peterson. The team announced early Thursday morning that it has signed former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray.
Murray, 27, had been visiting with Minnesota throughout Wednesday — a clear indication that he might very well chang in the silver and black for the yellow and purple. That happened as pretty much we were all asleep preparing for St. Patrick's Day weekend.
It's a pretty solid overall move for a Minnesota team that ranked dead last in rushing last season. Murray gained nearly 1,300 total yards and six touchdowns en route to earning a trip to the Pro Bowl back in 2015. While he did regress this past season, Murray was still able to tally over 1,000 total yards and 12 touchdowns. This enabled him to finish as a top-end RB2 option. That came on the heels of a 2015 campaign that saw him rank among the top-10 fantasy running back. This is some solid all-around consistency here.
There's very little reason to believe Murray won't be the Vikings' three-down back in 2017. He's a capable blocker and has caught 74 passes over the past two seasons — providing a solid ouput from a PPR perspective. He's also going from a pass-first offense in Oakland to an offense with Sam Bradford under center that should be focused more on the run. That should lead to a career high in rushes, receptions and overall touches, which would then place Murray in the RB1 territory once again.