The Tennessee Titans have agreed to acquire DeMarco Murray in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles as the Titans look for the running back threat they’ve lacked since releasing Chris Johnson.
Meanwhile Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman seems determined to erase all traces of the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia
Murray also agreed to rework the five-year, $40m contract with $21m guaranteed he signed with Philadelphia last year. The deal is expected to be completed on Wednesday and is believed to involve draft picks. The Titans hold the No1 pick in the April draft and have eight draft picks — three in the top 64 selections.
Murray led the NFL in rushing for 1,845 yards with 13 touchdowns in Dallas in 2014 and was the NFL offensive player of the year. But he was considered a bust in coach Chip Kelly’s offense, running for only 702 yards with the Eagles last season when forced to run out of the shotgun formation instead of deeper in the backfield.
Kelly was fired before the final game of the season, and Murray’s longest run of the season came on his first carry of that game, a 54-yard scamper for a touchdown with the quarterback under center and Murray lined up several yards behind him. The Eagles hired Doug Pederson in January, but hadn’t been expected to trade Murray if only to avoid a $13m salary cap hit.
Murray has run for 5,228 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He also has 215 receptions for 1,522 yards. Adding Murray also brings some much-needed experience to the Titans’ offense, which had rookies take 25.8% of the snaps last season.