The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday agreed to trade running back DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans, as per several sources. Murray’s agents confirmed the development via Twitter.
According to ESPN, the trade will involve a draft-pick compensation from Titans. The transaction cannot be officially finalized until Wednesday, when the new NFL league year gets underway.
Murray has been seeking a trade for a while now. In principal, the Eagles asked him to find a team, and Murry thought Tennessee would “be a good fit and an exciting opportunity,” according a source close to the running back.
Bill Johnson, Murray’s agent, apparently spent the last week working out a deal with the Titans.
It’s still not clear what the trade will cost the Tennessee Titans, besides the draft-pick compensation. Remember, Murray still has 4 years left on a five-year $45 million contract. It hasn’t been confirmed if the contract has been re-worked or will remain as it is. According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, a new deal will likely be worked out for when the trade becomes official.
DeMarco Murray: A former rushing leader…
Murray, 28, is a former two-time Pro Bowler, one time First Team All-Pro, NFL Rushing Leader (2014) and Offensive Player of the Year (2014). Granted that he hasn’t replicated his 2014 form on a consistent basis, Murray will help the Titans fill the void at the vital RB position. The Titans still need a right tackle and left guard, but acquiring Murray at RB is a positive start to rebuilding the team.
The news comes barely hours after the Eagles agreed to trade linebacker Kiko Alonso and defensive back Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins. Both Alonso and Maxwell were acquisitions made by former Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Seemingly, all the Kelly-endorsed players are on their way out.
Will DeMarco Murray regain his 2014 with the Titans? It’s possible. Remember, the Titans will be bolstered by the addition of highly-scouted offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who is likely to be picked with the No. 1 draft pick.