The Vikings are in the market for a backup running back after Latavius Murray agreed to terms with the Saints, a league source confirmed. Murray’s four-year deal, which can’t be signed until 3 p.m. Wednesday, is expected to be worth up to $14.4 million.
Murray, 29, proved to be an effective security blanket behind Dalvin Cook in Minnesota. He started 19 of 34 games, including two playoff games, since signing as a free agent two years ago. Murray averaged 3.9 yards per carry while totaling 1,488 yards and 15 touchdowns.
“Thank you to the Vikings organization for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do,” Murray wrote on Instagram. “My time in Minnesota has been unforgettable because of the fans, the community and most importantly because of the guys in that locker room. Thank you for being the birthplace of my first child and spoiling my family with those Minnesota nice vibes. Nothing but love.”
Former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to re-sign with the Saints, according to the NFL Network. Bridgewater reportedly declined a two-year, $10 million offer from the Dolphins to remain as a backup to Drew Brees. Terms were not revealed.