Adrian Peterson needs to adjust his expectations in National Football League free agency

Of course, Adrian Peterson - the future Hall of Famer who Murray will replace in Minnesota - remains out there and available.

Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman confirmed so on Thursday. The 7th overall pick of the 2007 draft, Peterson averaged 4.85 yards on his 2,418 Vikings carries.

"Adrian will be moving on", Spielman said on a conference call with local reporters. In his last two seasons, he caught 74 passes and believes he can add a new dimension to the Vikings offensive game plan.

As expected, the market for Peterson has been tepid and news of interest from teams like Seattle and Oakland has been buoyed by the player's camp more than the teams being targeted.

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It's hard enough to replace a Hall of Famer and didn't have an interest in compounding that by wearing the number that Peterson made legendary in Minnesota. We haven't seen the Lions connected to Peterson much, but Detroit has made it known it wants to fix its running game.

The Vikings hosted Murray at team headquarters on Wednesday and struck the deal early Thursday, announcing it at 12:47 a.m. In 2014, a grand jury in Texas indicted Peterson on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Coming off a 1,000-yard season in 2015, Murray became part of a three-man backfield with De'Andre Washington and Jalen Richard.

Murray has a mere five 100-yard games in his career, delayed by a foot injury he suffered as a rookie that kept him off the field for the entire 2013 season. He said after arriving in Minnesota he wanted to do plenty of due diligence before selecting a team. But, as a sign of respect to one of the best running backs in National Football League history, Murray elected to not touch it.

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