Adrian Peterson era over in Minnesota

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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.

The Vikings signed Latavius Murray to a three-year, $15 million deal this week.

Last week the Vikings declined to pick up their option on Adrian Peterson, the running back who has worn the No. 28 jersey for Minnesota the last 10 seasons.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Thursday in a conference call that the four-time all-pro running back would not be returning to the team.

Peterson has visited with the Seattle Seahawks, who opted to sign former Packers running back Eddie Lacy instead. For many, the signing of Murray points to the end of Peterson's somewhat turbulent tenure in Minnesota, which means Murray could technically continue to rock No. 28 if he so pleased. Peterson's best season, arguably, came in 2012 when he came within yards of breaking the National Football League single-season rushing record.

With Murray taking over, Peterson is not expected to be re-signed.

Classy move by the newest Viking. He finished previous year with 195 carries for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns. Teams can't be faulted, however, for seeing a guy who turns 32 years old next week and doesn't help on passing downs. He took care of online coursework for a Marketing Management class toward his MBA through Syracuse while his agent and the Vikings were engaged in negotiations on Wednesday night.

"When I saw that maybe this could be a team I would be playing for, obviously you think about those different scenarios", Murray said.

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