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Ex-Raiders RB Latavius Murray signs deal with Vikings

Ex-Raiders RB Latavius Murray signs deal with Vikings

UPDATE (10:00 a.m. on Thursday) -- Latavius Murray will reportedly make roughly $15 million over his three-year deal with the Vikings, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal includes $3.4 million guaranteed with another $5.15 guaranteed if he is on the roster in 2018, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling.

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Latavius Murray is headed out of town. The Raiders feature back signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced late Wednesday night.

Murray visited the Vikings facility early this week, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press and stayed in town while a deal got hammered out.

The deal is for three years, but can be voided after the first by Murray, according to ESPN.

Murray was a sixth-round pick in 2013, and became the team’s primary rusher late in his second season. He carried a significant load in 2015, when he was named to the Pro Bowl. Murray was part of a rotation last year, with 228 touches. He averaged 4.0 yards per carry in each of the last two years.

The Central Florida product wanted to stay put, and quarterback Derek Carr made a repeated, public plea for the Raiders to retain him.

The Raiders didn’t show satisfactory interest, and Murray bolted to be Adrian Peterson’s likely replacement in Minnesota.

The Raiders still need a bigger, more physical running back, and one could come in the NFL Draft. That position group’s draft class is deep, and value can be found in several rounds.

Peterson remains out there, though the Raiders generally prefer to go young at that position. A proper deal could create a Peterson union, though the likelihood of that remains uncertain.

Murray was immensely popular in the Raiders locker room, and formed a strong bond with Carr. There was clear pessimism about the sides ability to form a new pact, which made it likely Murray would look for other opportunities.

Murray also reportedly visited the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he knows quarterback and former college teammate Blake Bortles.

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NFL free agency: Raiders target George Iloka agrees to Cowboys contract

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NFL free agency: Raiders target George Iloka agrees to Cowboys contract

The Raiders added one former Bengals defender earlier this week. They were not able to add another.

Safety George Iloka, who reportedly visited the Raiders earlier in the week, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

The team announced the deal on Saturday.

The Raiders reunited linebacker Vontaze Burfict with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther on Tuesday, and tried to do the same with Iloka, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 28-year-old spent the 2018 season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Missing out on Iloka isn't the worst thing in the world for the Raiders. They addressed the safety position over the last week with the additions of Lamarcus Joyner and Curtis Riley.

NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr

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NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr

The Raiders wanted an experienced backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, and got one Friday by signing Mike Glennon.

Now they hope he never plays. It’s still a vital role in meeting rooms and on-the-field, should an emergency arise on game day. Young bucks can get caught in the headlights. Veterans won’t be as good as the starter, but can generally function better being inserted into a game without many practice reps.

He has hopped into action during five seasons and has 22 starts, meaning he can handle short-relief or a stretch as the starter.

That calms some fan's nerves after the Raiders released AJ McCarron, who has already signed with the Houston Texans, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only non-Carr quarterback on the roster.

Glennon steps into the No. 2 slot having completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 5,107 yards and 35 touchdowns with 20 interceptions over five seasons.

Peterman is still with the Raiders on a futures contract, and is the No. 3 guy at the moment.

Many will look at the signing and wonder if it impacts the possibility of drafting a quarterback next month. It’s hard to rule anything out, but the disciplined choice would be to address the pass rush early and often in the 2019 NFL Draft, though a quarterback could get taken later in the selection process.

But…having Glennon on the roster won’t prohibit the Raiders from taking Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins. Would the Raiders eliminate the prospect of taking Quinnen Williams because interior pass rushers P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst were drafted last year? Absolutely not.

A edge rusher is the team’s most pressing need and must be addressed with quality and quantity before the season starts.

The Raiders don’t have to take a quarterback now in the draft, and adding Glennon takes the pressure off the demand to get another one down the line. Glennon should be viewed as a reliable backup who can step into service if Carr isn’t available.