NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have informed Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray of their intention to release him, according to a release from the teams official website.
“I want to thank DeMarco for his contributions as a Titan, general manager Jon Robinson said. “Not only for what he did on the field but also in the locker room and in the community. He was a pro in every facet and we wish him and his family the best moving forward.”
Murray was set to have the fourth-highest salary cap hit at $6.5M among active running backs heading into the third year of his four-year deal. It will cost the team nothing to cut him. The front-loaded nature of the contract essentially makes Murray’s worth $13.05M over the first two years with $12.5M in total guaranteed money, allowing the team an out this offseason with $0 counting against the cap if he is released, according to spotrac.
Murray arrived in Nashville via one of then first-year GM Robinson’s initial personnel moves that saw the Titans win total improve from three in 2015 to nine in 2016. Robinson sent Tennessee’s 2016 fourth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for their fourth-rounder in the 2016 Draft and Murray. The Oklahoma product led the AFC in rushing, ranking third overall in the League (1,287) in his first season with Tennessee. His 1,664 total yards from scrimmage were fourth-best in the NFL in 2016 and his 12 total touchdowns led his team
Murray’s third Pro Bowl season (2016) saw him average 4.4 yards per carry and start all 16 games of the regular season. One year later, Murray started all but one contest in the regular season but managed only 659 yards on the ground for an average of 3.6 and missed the Week 17 win-and-in finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars and both postseason games after suffering a knee injury the week prior against the Los Angeles Rams.
The former Dallas Cowboy still lead the Titans in rushing touchdowns this past season with six.