Despite wearing No. 28 during his four seasons with the Oakland Raiders and his college career at Central Florida, the newly signed running back hasn’t even given a thought to asking for those digits in Minnesota.
Murray explained Thursday on Instagram that he’ll be looking for a new number because he has “too much respect” for Adrian Peterson, and “there’s no one like” the Vikings legend.
The message didn’t go unnoticed by Peterson, either:
Adding Murray effectively confirms the Vikings won’t be re-signing Peterson after exercising their opt out at the beginning of free agency.
The future Hall of Famer’s time in Minnesota comes to an end after an incredibly productive 10-year stretch, with 2,418 carries for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns to set franchise records in all major rushing categories.
Murray lands with the Vikings on the heels of a 2016 campaign in which he tallied 788 yards and 12 scores for Oakland’s sixth-ranked ground game.
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