DeMarco Murray considered Lions, Dolphins, Saints, Seahawks before retiring
On Friday afternoon, veteran running back DeMarco Murray announced his retirement from the NFL at age 30. The three-time Pro Bowler and 2014 Offensive Player of the Year spent four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, one with the Philadelphia Eagles, and the last two with the Tennessee Titans to wrap up a brief seven-year career.
Before deciding to hang his cleats up, Murray did consider signing with four teams according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter: the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks.
This off-season, three-time Pro-Bowl running back DeMarco Murray visited or spoke with the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, amongst others. He considered all. But retirement was most attractive.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 13, 2018
After leading in the NFL in both rushing yards and touchdowns in 2014 with Dallas, the Cowboys surprisingly decided not to retain Murray’s services. After a subpar year with the Eagles, the Oklahoma product bounced back in his first season with the Titans, leading Tennessee with 1,287 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on his way to his final Pro Bowl berth.
In 2017, Murray stepped back with the emergence of Derrick Henry, and a knee injury ultimately prematurely ended his season, and apparently his career.
While Murray has announced that he’s walking away from the game, don’t be surprised if a number of teams call his agent as the season goes on and running backs go down with injuries. The former third-round pick still has the athletic ability and explosiveness to produce in the NFL, but teams simply aren’t willing to invest big bucks into guys, especially veterans, who play one of the game’s most grueling and injury-plagued positions.
If Murray truly is done with football, he finishes his career with 7,147 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns along with 307 receptions for 2,165 receiving yards and six touchdowns.