Murray's arrival all but confirms Adrian Peterson's career in Minnesota has come to an end. When revealed, they'll definitely be more than what the Raiders wanted to spend. For one, I grew up watching the guy and I've been a huge fan of everything he's done there. He rushed for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns last season despite missing two games with a toe injury.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Central Florida, Murray was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl. But in 2015 he led the National Football League in rushing for his third time, with 1,485 yards and a 4.5-yard average.
The Minnesota Vikings are staying busy. However, at the moment, it seems like the Raiders are willing to hold firm with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington heading into the draft.
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But the Raiders are down to about $35 million in cap space available after the signings of wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson and offensive lineman Marshal Newhouse. There's an obvious void for a veteran power back in Green Bay, and Peterson is built to run well behind its strong line.
There's still the matter of extending the contracts of Carr and defensive end Khalil Mack, which could easily soak up most of that $35 million. Minnesota's front office and coaching staff are likely expecting Murray to carry the load on the ground in 2017, but will also surely be planning for the future with McKinnon heading into a contract year.
It's not a surprise the Jaguars had some cursory interest in a free agent runningback, as the run game last season was a disaster.