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Will Demarco Murray Be A Titan Next Year?

Will Demarco Murray Be A Titan Next Year?

Running back Demarco Murray was signed by the Tennessee Titans in 2016 on a four year deal worth $25,250,000.  Of that, $12, 500,000 guaranteed with a cap of $27, 800,00 including incentives. But, Will Demarco Murray be a Titan Next Year?

At the time, the Titans were in desperate need of help in the backfield.  As insurance, they doubled up drafting Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry.

Henry signed a 4 year contract worth $5,400,000, 3.3 million guaranteed.  This would create the perfect situation for the Titans having a Rookie learn from a proven veteran.

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Will Demarco Murray Be A Titan Next Year?

Derrick Henry has a total of 649 yards averaging 4.9 per carry as of week 14.  Demarco Murray, in his 7th year,  is having issues staying healthy.  Even with the health issues he has more carries than Henry with 151 averaging 3.7 per carry for a total of 552.

Derrick Henry is simply a bit of a Freak athlete.  At 6’3″ 247 lbs, Henry’s speed is nothing short of remarkable.  Most importantly, Henry has improved dramatically in the pass blocking department.

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Will Demarco Murray Be A Titan Next Year?

By no means should Demarco Murray be sold short.  He is a tremendous asset to the Titans with some good years left in his career.  It ultimately comes down to money.

To put it in perspective, Demarco Murray gets paid more than Marcus Mariota.  Mariota signed a 4 year deal worth $24,213,974.

With the Titans run game lacking, and the rise of Derrick Henry, the Titans are signing some pretty big paychecks that could go somewhere else.

The fact of the matter is Henry is to talented to remain the back up for two years.  If Henry would be named the featured back in 2018, Murray would become the highest paid back up running back in history.

The Titans also showed their obvious interest in becoming more pass oriented in the draft.  All roads point to Demarco Murray being traded in the draft next year or, preferably, having his contract renegotiated.
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