Why DeMarco Murray would make no sense for the Seahawks

An NFL Network report today indicated that the Philadelphia Eagles and running back DeMarco Murray could part ways this offseason.

Writer Ian Rapoport suggested that the Seattle Seahawks, along with the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, are potential suitors for Murray's services. While anything is possible and general manager John Schneider is willing to take risks, such a move wouldn't seem to make much sense for the Seahawks.

For starters, one of the bright spots from the 2015 season was that Thomas Rawls very much looked the part of a featured back before suffering an ankle injury. He averaged 5.65 yards per carry (tops in the league) and 2.68 yards after contact (also first). Rawls became one of five backs since the merger to run for 800-plus yards and average better than 5.5 yards per carry as a rookie.

Murray averaged 3.64 yards per carry in 2015, 42nd among 47 qualifying players. He averaged 1.53 yards after contact, which ranked 38th. Murray has 1,127 career carries and clearly showed concerning signs last year after rushing 392 times for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014.

Bottom line: Even if Rawls and Murray made similar amounts of money, there is a strong likelihood that Rawls simply is the better player at this stage of their careers.

There's always the argument that run-heavy teams like the Seahawks need more than one running back, and that's true. But Murray was not happy with his role as part of the Eagles' committee last year. And he's not going to come cheap. Murray carries base salaries of $7 million and $7.5 million the next two seasons with a total remaining guarantee of $9 million, meaning it's highly unlikely that a new team would take on that contract.

Even if he restructures his deal, the Seahawks would be best served spending their money elsewhere, such as on the offensive line.

And finally, there is scheme fit. A big deal was made last year about Murray struggling to run out of shotgun, where he averaged 3.55 yards per carry (41st). The Seahawks use different run looks, but the zone-read is still a part of their arsenal. Last year, they ran the ball out of the shotgun 201 times, fifth-most in the NFL.

Again, never say never in the NFL. But there is very little about a Murray-Seahawks relationship that would seem to make sense.