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DeMarco Murray to be released by Titans after just two seasons

Murray's career arc seemed headed toward the Hall of Fame just a few years ago. He now faces an uphill battle to find a team where he could get significant touches.


Kahron Spearman


Per multiple media reports, the Tennessee Titans have released running back DeMarco Murray after just two seasons with the franchise.

Murray joined Tennessee before the 2016 season via trade, following a single season with the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Titans general manager Jon Robinson thanked Murray in a statement, making a note of his commitment to the Nashville community and the Titans locker room, saying "he was a pro in every facet and we wish him and his family the best moving forward" (h/t Titansonline.com.)

The move suggests new head coach Mike Vrabel is going with the bruising Derrick Henry as the new lead back for the Titans.

DeMarco Murray's release leaves just 5 NFL halfbacks on non-rookie contracts with base value of at least $5 million a year: Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy, Lamar Miller, Gio Bernard and Latavius Murray. No easy battle for Le'Veon Bell to reset that market.

Tom Pelissero
Reporter, NFL Network

A three-time Pro Bowler, Murray had an off year in 2017, going for just 659 yards and six touchdowns on 184 carries. He had 293 carries for 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016.

Once a dominant downhill back, especially in his time with the Dallas Cowboys, Murray is the only NFL player with 4,000 or more rushing yards and 30 or more rushing touchdowns, since 2014, per NFL Research.

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