NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans steered clear of Chip Kelly, but they are happily collecting one of his failed signees.
Murray carried 392 times for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns two years ago behind the superb Dallas Cowboys offensive line. Then he signed a free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles and found little success in a new system, carrying only 193 times for 702 yards while serving as a linchpin in illustrating that Kelly wasn’t a very good roster-constructing general manager.
We don’t yet know what the trade will cost the Titans. And just as important, we don’t know whether the deal comes with a renegotiated contract. Murray had four years of a five-year, $45 million contract remaining. Schefter's report indicates that Murray wants to be here and makes it sound like a new deal will be in place for when the trade becomes official. The details will say a lot.
High-dollar veteran running backs aren’t the way of the league. And Murray’s work last year, no matter the circumstances, doesn’t warrant a big contract going forward.
The move scratches one major need off a very long list for the Titans that also includes right tackle and left guard. The carryover linemen haven’t had a back of Murray’s caliber -- his 2014 caliber, that is -- running behind them.
New general manager Jon Robinson clearly believes Murray is an upgrade who can help balance the offense and take some pressure off quarterback Marcus Mariota. The line, after some reconstruction in free agency and/or the draft, needs to make sure that is the case.
The Titans don’t have to have picked up the 2014 version of Murray in order to know they have just gotten better.