The Saints made their first big splash in the NFL free agency pool Tuesday with a new face at running back.
Latavius Murray, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound bruiser who spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, agreed to a four-year deal with the Saints, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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Murray, who played at Central Florida, played his first three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. His most productive year came in 2015 with the Raiders when he ran for 1,066 yards.
Murray ran for 12 touchdowns in 2016.
This past season, Murray rushed 140 times for 578 yards and six touchdowns. He played in all 16 games , starting in six of them. He also caught 22 passes for 141 yards.
The deal comes as longtime Saints running back Mark Ingram is a free agent, likely signalling the 29-year-old will head elsewhere for the first time in his NFL career.
Ingram, who is the Saints' second all-time leading rusher, has played eight seasons in New Orleans after being selected No. 28 overall in the 2011 draft after winning the Heisman Trophy at Alabama.
Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to re-sign with the Saints, according to a report by the NFL Network's Jane Slater.
The Murray signing comes amid a flurry of free agency moves throughout the NFL. The Saints signed linebacker Craig Robertson and special teams ace Chris Banjo to contract extensions on Monday.
More recently reports have surfaced that backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to re-sign with the Saints, despite a bigger offer from the Miami Dolphins.
Murray will join a Saints backfield led by Alvin Kamara. Kamara, who just finished his second season with the Saints, was the team's leading rusher with 883 yards this past season.