"With us signing Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere". But, as a sign of respect to one of the best running backs in National Football League history, Murray elected to not touch it.
When Peterson's dad came out and said he and his son liked the Raiders' offensive line, taking a shot at the Vikings' unit, it ruffled a few feathers in Minnesota. He visited with the Seahawks last weekend, but their signing of Eddie Lacy would seem to cross Seattle off the list. Murray made his first Pro Bowl in 2015 after taking over as the Raiders' No. 1 back and rushing for 1,066 yards and six TDs.
"There wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28", Murray wrote in an Instagram post later that morning.
One Vikings free agent who could end up returning is cornerback Terence Newman, who turns 39 in September. Some 10 years later, picking up blitzes and catching passes are more critical than ever for running backs. I want to say to Vikings fans: I'm not here to replace#28, he's irreplaceable. It's hard enough to replace a Hall of Famer and didn't have an interest in compounding that by wearing the number that Peterson made legendary in Minnesota. Newman told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday he expects to play in 2017. He is the Vikings' all-time leading rusher with 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns. A proven power runner with short-yardage prowess - as evidenced by 12 rushing touchdowns last season - he also feels he can be used in the passing game.
The Vikings already have landed one Packers free agent.