Vikings' Latavius Murray: 'I'm not here to replace #28, he's irreplaceable'

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 Adrian Peterson era is likely over in Minnesota.

The Vikings announced they would not pick up the $18 million contract option for Peterson for 2017 on February 28, after he had made $12 million in 2016. The Seahawks signed Eddie Lacy instead, and I suspect cost was the primary reason why.

Aside from a visit to Seattle, Peterson has appeared to receive precious little interest from teams. Coming off a 1,000-yard season in 2015, Murray became part of a three-man backfield with De'Andre Washington and Jalen Richard. I want to say to Vikings fans: I'm not here to replace #28, he's irreplaceable.

Murray arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday, met with the team on Wednesday and ultimately secured a deal by the wee hours Thursday morning. Then Spielman acknowledged in the afternoon he had spoken with Peterson to wish him well, clarifying that the franchise's all-time leading rusher will be playing elsewhere in 2017.

A classy move from the Vikings' newest running back.

Murray was a sixth-round draft pick out of Central Florida in 2013 who rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns over four years with the Raiders.

Murray, meanwhile, said earlier Thursday that he would not request to continue wearing the No. 28 he wore in Oakland.

There is an unclear path forward for the NFL's top free agent running backs, including Peterson, Latavius Murray and Jamaal Charles.