Latavius Murray explains why he signed with Vikings

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) warms up during the NFL AFC Wild Card game between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans on January 7, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire)
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On Monday afternoon, former Oakland Raiders and current Minnesota Vikings’ running back Latavius Murray made an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. In doing so, the veteran rusher discussed his offseason and why he ultimately made his way to Minnesota as an unrestricted free agent.

Murray notably spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Oakland before ultimately moving on to his second professional franchise.

“Combination of everything to sign in here in Minnesota,” said Murray. “Financially and being given the chance to be successful.”

On the other hand, it appears that talks between him and the Raiders never escalated en route to potentially becoming a new free agent contract.

“[There were] conversations with Oakland but never an offer from the Raiders,” he added. “I couldn’t tell you why. I can’t worry about that. No hard feelings with the Raiders and I’m in a good fit here in Minnesota.”

The 27-year-old running back also made a point to address his Instagram post regarding current free agent and former Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson.

“I needed to show my respect to Adrian Peterson with [that] Instagram post. I’m Latavius Murray and no one else.”

Murray appeared in 14 regular season game in what would become his final go-round as a member of the Raiders’ offense. During that span, he produced 195 carries for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was originally selected by the franchise in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Central Florida.

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