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Minnesota Vikings officially part ways with Adrian Peterson

By The Sports Xchange
General manager Rick Spielman announced that the Vikings will not re-sign Adrian Peterson, who is a free agent, after they earlier reached an agreement with former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray. File Photo by Art Foxall/UPI
General manager Rick Spielman announced that the Vikings will not re-sign Adrian Peterson, who is a free agent, after they earlier reached an agreement with former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray. File Photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

The Minnesota Vikings confirmed Thursday that running back Adrian Peterson won't be back with the team next season.

General manager Rick Spielman announced that the Vikings will not re-sign Peterson, who is a free agent, after they earlier reached an agreement with former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

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The Vikings had decided not to exercise the option in Peterson's contract for the 2017 season, but there was no word whether he was made another offer by the team.

"With us signing Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere," Spielman said.

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Peterson, who turns 32 in less than a week, leaves the Vikings as one of the best players in franchise history. The four-time All-Pro had seven 1,000-yard rushing seasons in nine years, including the second-best total in NFL history of 2,097 yards in 2012, but battled injuries the past few seasons.

The unrestricted free agent is the Vikings' career rushing leader with 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns.

"Adrian is probably going to go down as one of the greatest Vikings," Spielman said.

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Peterson's next stop is uncertain. He had visited Seattle, but the Seahawks ended up signing former Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy. Among the other possibilities mentioned are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Raiders, Houston Texans and Packers.

Murray spent his first four seasons with the Raiders and led them in rushing the past two. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015 after rushing for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns. He has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns (12 in 2016) in 45 games (31 starts).

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