As of this writing, DeMarco Murray is a man without a team. It's a strange situation for the 30-year-old rusher to be in after being in high demand as recently as 2016. Murray still has serviceable skills as a pass catcher and a goal-line back, plus he's got tons of experience. But with 3.6 yards per carry in two of his past three seasons, Murray is unlikely to become a primary rusher for anyone. The best-case scenario is for Murray to land with a team that needs a third-down and goal-line guy. If that happens, he'll regain some value in Fantasy providing depth. But until then, he's probably no better than a late-round flier on the hunch that he lands a job -- any job -- before the start of the season. If it's September and Murray is still unsigned, he doesn't belong on a Fantasy roster
Murray will announce his retirement from football Friday afternoon, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Murray recently said he wanted to sign with a team before training camp, but he apparently changed his mind at some point this week, likely realizing that he'd need to settle for a contract without significant guaranteed money or a sure-fire role. After putting up 1,664 scrimmage yards and 12 touchdowns his first season in Tennessee, the 30-year-old back struggled with injuries and general ineffectiveness throughout 2017, averaging just 3.6 yards on 184 carries and 6.8 yards on 39 receptions. Assuming he doesn't change his mind, Murray will finish his career with 7,174 rushing yards, 2,165 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns in 99 games. He'll be best remembered for a 392-1,845-12 rushing line with the 2014 Cowboys, followed by a clunker of a season for Chip Kelly's Eagles in 2015. ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe expects Murray to pursue a career in broadcasting, something he's hinted at in the past.
Murray hopes to sign with a team before training camp, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports. Murray met with the Lions, Seahawks and Dolphins in March, then declined to work out for the Saints in mid-June. He's optimistic he can find an opportunity better than the one in New Orleans, though it's hard to identify an obvious match. After averaging just 3.6 yards per carry in Tennessee last season, the 30-year-old might have better luck waiting until injuries during training camp and the preseason inevitably force a few teams to scramble for backfield help. If Murray were to sign with a team before the start of camp, he might end up in heated competition just to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
Murray is scheduled to visit the Dolphins on Sunday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports. Murray has also visited the Lions and Seahawks since being released by the Titans last week. Kenyon Drake stepped in as the Dolphins' starter after the team traded away Jay Ajayi and found some success down the stretch, but a more proven running back could benefit the team. The 30-year-old saw a reduced workload in 2017 with Derrick Henry taking over the Titans backfield, totaling 659 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 184 carries.
Murray is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Released by the Titans last week, Murray previously visited the Lions on Monday and left town without a contract. Regardless of where the veteran lands, he'll likely have to settle for an opportunity to compete for a role in a backfield committee coming off a 2017 campaign in which he averaged only 3.6 yards per carry despite playing behind a solid offensive line. While no longer an explosive runner, the 30-year-old is still a strong pass protector and competent receiver. The Lions and Seahawks both need an early down thumper more so than a pass-catching threat.
Murray is scheduled to visit with the Lions on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Murray's search for a new home begins in Detroit after he was released by the Titans earlier in the week. The Lions struggled to find consistency in the backfield last season, ranking last in the league with 1,221 rushing yards. Both Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick remain under contract for the 2018 season, so it remains to be seen how the team would juggle all three backs if Murray were to sign. The veteran back recorded 659 yards and six touchdowns on 184 carries in 2017.
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|7||10/21||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|10||11/11||New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|13||12/02||New York Jets||24||18.50|
|15||12/16||@New York Giants||21||17.88|
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