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 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.
The Titans will release Murray, the team's official site reports. In his second season with the Titans, Murray ran for 659 yards and six TDs on 184 carries in 2017. In the wake of his looming departure, Derrick Henry is poised to take over as Tennessee's lead running back. Murray, who turned 30 in February, will thus enter free agency as one of the top available options at his position and should have no problem landing a key role in another team's 2018 backfield.
Murray, who suffered a knee injury Dec. 24, doesn't need surgery at this point, according to the Titans' official site. The injury kept Murray out of the Titans' regular-season finale as well as the team's two postseason contests, but the veteran back suggests that he could have returned to the field this coming weekend had Tennessee advanced to the AFC championship game. On the heels of recording 1,287 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns in 2016 while also catching 53 passes for 377 yards, Murray carried 184 times for 659 yards and caught 39 passes 266 yards in 2017, en route to scoring seven times in 15 games. Murray's volume decreased this past season, while second-year power back Derrick Henry's increased. Looking ahead, Murray indicates that he hopes to return to the team to work in tandem with Henry in 2018, but noted "we'll see how things unfold and go from there." Murray is currently under contract with the Titans through the 2019 season, but the Tennessean points out that the running back's deal includes no further guaranteed money. With that in mind, it's not hard to imagine the Titans cutting Murray this offseason, unless his contract is restructured.
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