NFL.com reports that the Seahawks could be among the teams interested in running back DeMarco Murray if he is released by the Eagles and becomes a free agent.
File this under the “long shot” category, since there are a lot of steps that have to happen first before it becomes much of a real possibility. But should running back DeMarco Murray become a free agent, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Seahawks would be among the teams interested in signing him.
As Rapoport reports, Murray remains under contract with the Eagles through the 2019 season, and he has a dead cap number of $13 million for the 2016 season. As Rapoport writes, taking that big of a cap hit just to get rid of an unhappy player is “a reality the Eagles don’t seem willing to embrace at this point.”
But with a new regime in place in Philadelphia and Murray making it clear he didn’t like his situation last year, anything may be possible. And if something happens, Rapoport reports that the Seahawks, Cowboys and Raiders would be among the teams interested in Murray.
Murray, who turns 28 next week, led the NFL with 1,845 yards with Dallas in 2014 before signing as a free agent with the Eagles and falling to 702 yards in 2015.
The Seahawks obviously could be looking to beef up the tailback spot if, as expected, Marshawn Lynch either retires or is released.
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Seattle GM John Schneider said in two radio interviews recently that Lynch was leaning toward retirement. If Lynch does not retire, then it is thought likely the team will release him. Lynch turns 30 in April and battled injuries in 2015 as he had Seattle lows in every statistical category while playing just seven regular season games.
The Seahawks expect Thomas Rawls back after he suffered a broken ankle at Baltimore. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks would like to bring back restricted free agent Christine Michael. But Seattle has also shown itself willing to make aggressive moves and might be intrigued by adding a proven veteran such as Murray, especially — or more likely only — if the price is right. Seattle certainly wouldn’t take on Murray’s existing deal and it’s hard to know how much they would want to pay what would be at best likely a player who would work in tandem with Rawls (the Seahawks won’t have a ton of cap room and have lots of other obvious positions to worry about, as well).
As for what kind of fit he’d be, Murray excelled in 2014 running in Dallas’ zone blocking schemes, which are similar to Seattle’s base blocking sets, though he struggled some in the Eagles’ shotgun formations last year, something else the Seahawks obviously run a lot of.
For now, Murray remains with the Eagles, in what appears to be at beast an uneasy alliance.