During a conference call on Thursday, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman confirmed the team will not bring back Peterson.
Spielman also added the following.
After Taylor retired Murray says it was Peterson who inspired him to keep the number. Murray then went on to provide some background on why he's worn 28 for so long.
Throughout his career, Peterson has rushed for 11,747 yards and 82 touchdowns. This means that Adrian Peterson, who has been the bell cow for the Vikings for many years, is likely on the way out. While he doesn't have the top end speed that even a 32 year old Peterson still does, he is a much better blocker and pass catching back, meaning that he can stay on the field for all three does if the Vikings need him to. Murray, who will join Jerick McKinnon as the team's top two running backs, spent four years with the Raiders. He led the National Football League in rushing for three seasons, was a 7-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro player, and even became the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 National Football League season.
"I just feel that I can come and run the ball, protect the quarterback, and also catch the ball out of the backfield", Murray said.
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"When I saw that maybe this could be a team I would be playing for, obviously you think about those different scenarios", Murray said.
"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.
Murray was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders out of Central Florida in 2013. He had dinner that night with Vikings officials, and continued to talk to them before leaving Wednesday night for a free-agent visit with Oakland.
Latavius Murray may be taking over the Vikings' starting running back job, but he knows it will be impossible to fill Adrian Peterson's shoes.