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Breaking NFL News: Eagles trade DeMarco Murray to Titans

DeMarco Murray has followed a raft of Chip Kelly signings out the door in the last few days.While his trade to Tennessee was announced y


DeMarco Murray has followed a raft of Chip Kelly signings out the door in the last few days. While his trade to Tennessee was announced yesterday the details have only just come to light, and they’re rather shocking. In return for Murray’s services, and enormous contract, the Titans have moved back from the 2nd pick in the 4th round to the 15th. That’s it. That is not a lot to give up for someone who was the leading rusher in 2014, but then after an abysmal 2015 campaign which saw his yards per carry plummet from 4.7 to a measly 3.6 it’s not hard to see that simply getting the rest of his $36 million cap hit off their books was the main aim of the Eagles front office. So which DeMarco Murray are we going to get? The powerful and fast Cowboy or the lame Eagle? Well, we all knew life would be tough for Murray when he left Dallas, after all Travis Frederick and Zack Martin weren’t going with him to Philadelphia, and there was also a huge change in system. Murray had been a straight ahead I-Form runner for the Cowboys to great effect, but as part of the Chip Kelly shotgun, outside zone offense he never really looked comfortable. The move to Tennessee will see him return to a similar running system as the one in Dallas, just without that offensive line. That’s not to say the Titans are awful. They have Taylor Lewan at left tackle and the power of Chance Warmack at guard. In addition to Murray the Titans have signed Ben Jones, former Houston Texans center, so it’s obvious that they are aiming to generate a better ground game in 2016 to help Marcus Mariota get the offense up and down the field. It couldn’t be much worse than last years, and the Titans still have plenty of cap space so while there are some risks in this Murray trade I think the potential rewards far outweigh them. They’ve also signed a new back-up QB for Marcus Mariota with veteran journeyman Matt Cassel.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

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Breaking NFL News: Eagles trade DeMarco Murray to Titans

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