Vik­ings sign Mur­ray to re­place Peter­son

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Adrian Peter­son’s time with the Vik­ings is over.

Min­nesota gen­eral man­ager Rick Spiel­man con­firmed so Thurs­day after the Vik­ings signed for­mer Oak­land run­ning back Latavius Mur­ray. The Vik­ings pre­vi­ously de­clined their $18 mil­lion con­tract op­tion on the fran­chise’s all-time lead­ing rusher, mak­ing him a free agent. Peter­son, the 2012 league MVP and a four­time All-Pro pick, played 10 sea­sons for the Vik­ings.

Mur­ray, who will join Jer­ick McK­in­non as the team’s top two run­ning backs, spent four years with the Raiders. He rushed for 788 yards and a ca­reer-high 12 touch­downs last sea­son de­spite miss­ing two games with a toe in­jury.

Fal­cons: Bol­stered their de­fen­sive line by agree­ing to terms with two-time Pro Bowler Don­tari Poe. The 6-foot-3, 346-pound tackle joins All-Pro Vic Beasley and Grady Jar­rett, who had three sacks in the Su­per Bowl.

The 26-year-old Poe has played for the Chiefs since be­ing a first-round pick. He started 76 games and recorded 13 sacks over five sea­sons, while claim­ing Pro Bowl spots in 2013 and 2014.

Raiders: Agreed to a deal with free-agent tight Jared Cook, who played a key role in the Pack­ers’ 2016 play­off run. NFL Net­work re­ported the deal is worth $12.2 mil­lion over two years with $5 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

Ravens: Reached agree­ment on a four-year con­tract with free agent cor­ner­back Bran­don Carr, a nine-year vet­eran and for­mer starter for the Chiefs and Cow­boys.

Cow­boys: Re-signed vet­eran run­ning back Dar­ren McFad­den and guard Jonathan Cooper. McFad­den will go into his 10th NFL sea­son as a backup to league-lead­ing rusher Ezekiel El­liott. Cooper pro­vides depth on an of­fen­sive line that lost left guard Ron Leary to Den­ver.

Rams: Signed free agent de­fen­sive back Kayvon Web­ster (Bron­cos) and run­ning back Lance Dun­bar (Cow­boys) and re-signed kicker Greg Zuer­lein.

Ben­gals: Brought back tackle An­dre Smith to shore up a line de­pleted in free agency. Smith played right tackle for seven sea­sons in Cincin­nati be­fore go­ing to Min­nesota last year.

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