Adrian Peterson Won't Return to Vikings After Latavius Murray Signing

The Minnesota Vikings have ruled out re-signing Adrian Peterson. It's part of the reason no Vikings running back had success last season - not even Peterson.

Adrian Peterson a while back provided not-so-subtle hints that if he couldn't finish his career with the Vikings, he wouldn't mind doing so with the Giants.

General Manager Rick Spielman made it clear Thursday that, with the signing of Murray to be the featured back in the Vikings offense, the organization would be moving forward without Peterson.

Peterson has been an unrestricted free agent since March 9 when Minnesota declined to exercise the 2017 option on his contract. Peterson is a free agent who visited last week with Seattle.

The latest report comes from Jason La Canfora, who mentions the Raiders along with the Lions as "possible landing spots" for the four-time All-Pro running back "at (the) right price".

Murray, meanwhile, said earlier Thursday that he would not request to continue wearing the No. 28 he wore in Oakland.

Free agent tight end Jared Cook, who played for Green Bay a year ago, also visited Winter Park on Wednesday with Murray. Peterson running behind that line is exactly what he needs to prolong his career and eclipse the 1,000-yard mark once again.

"I want to say to Vikings fans: I'm not here to replace #28, he's irreplaceable", Murray added in his post. He led the league in rushing yards three times (2008, 2012, 2015) and rushing touchdowns twice (2009, 2015) and rushed for 1,000 yards in all but one of his seasons in which he played in double-digit games.

"I'm planning on playing next season, " Newman told the network.

"I'm going to wear No. 25 to represent my best friend that passed away previous year during Thanksgiving, during the season", Murray explained. He finished previous year with 195 carries for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns.

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