Minnesota Vikings sign Syracuse native Latavius Murray

What will free agent Adrian Peterson decide to do next

What will free agent Adrian Peterson decide to do next

Cordarrelle Patterson has signed with the Oakland Raiders and took to Twitter, asking for Adrian Peterson - his now former Minnesota Vikings teammate - to join him.

Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman confirmed so on Thursday. The potential landing spots for the 2012 NFL MVP are quickly dwindling, and two teams that are potentially in the market for a running back may be at the top of that list. Peterson appeared in only three games last season after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee. Marshawn Lynch or Adrian Peterson?

Peterson may be eyeing to land with a playoff contender.

Peterson, however, is 31, and running backs - even the best ones - can rapidly go downhill at that age. Keep in mind, he has also been limited to just 20 games over the last three years because of injuries and a suspension.

Still, on Thursday, Spielman said of Peterson, "Adrian is probably going to go down as one of the greatest Vikings".

For Minnesota, it's a shift from one of the more explosive runners of all-time to a big, lunch-pail type between the tackles runner. The next stop for Peterson is now uncertain. However, he has yet to receive any serious interest from another team in the league beyond just a visit with the Seattle Seahawks over this past weekend.

There have been rumors of a few other teams potentially meeting with Peterson, but the Seahawks are still the only team the free-agent running back has officially met with so far this offseason. He has 2,278 career rushing yards.

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Latavius Murray has found a new National Football League home.

With the market continuing to thin out, Adrian Peterson could be in the position to land another lucrative deal with a playoff contender in need of help in the backfield.

Oakland, who has been rumored to have some interest in Peterson, still has a plethora of salary-cap space at their disposal with just over $38 million in financial flexibility.

Out of respect for Peterson, Murray did not request wearing No. 28 for the Vikings.

As ESPN Stats & Information notes, Peterson ranks first and Lynch ranks second in rushing touchdowns since 2007, with Peterson scoring 97 TDs and Lynch scoring 74 times. He has a skill set that he believes can make him a three-down back.

As for Murray, you never want to be the guy who replaces the legend, but he handled things beautifully on Instagram when introducing himself to the Minnesota faithful.