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Tennessee Titans release DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry takes over

Demarco Murray NFL Free Agent

As NFL free agency draws closer, teams are making moves to clear salary cap space. The Tennessee Titans released DeMarco Murray earlier today in that effort. The seven-year NFL veteran will be leaving Nashville after two seasons of his four-year contract. When Murray joined the Titans in 2016, it looked like a perfect match. He rushed for 1,287 yards and 9 touchdowns in his first year with Tennessee. His follow-up season didn’t turn out so well. Murray only rushed for 659 yards in 2017 in 15 game starts. It was the lowest total in his career. The lackluster performance may have prompted the decision for the Titans to release DeMarco Murray. With his salary off the books, the Titans will save $6.5 million in cap space.

Derrick Henry to start for the Tennessee Titans

The Titans are now looking at Derrick Henry as their top running back. The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner racked up the awards in college and showed a lot of promise last season. Henry rushed for 744 yards in the regular season, topping Murray as Tennessee’s leading rusher. The former Alabama Crimson Tide runner did so in just two game starts and 15 games. Henry also had a great performance against Kansas City in the first-round of the playoffs. In the 22-21 victory over the Chiefs, Henry rushed for 156 yards on 23 carries. One thing he hasn’t been better than Murray at is receiving. Developing good chemistry with Marcus Mariota should help the young running back establish the role that coach Mike Vrabel is looking for. The Titans also need to add some depth at running back. Finding someone to complement Henry is a plus.

Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry has rushed for 1,234 yards and 10 touchdowns in 286 attempts in his NFL career.

Even though Murray had a down year in 2017, expect someone to snatch him up quick. He’s still a capable runner that can excel in the short passing game. Look for teams that struggled on the ground to give Demarco Murray a long, hard look. The Redskins, Lions, Colts, and Jets all have some money to spend and need rushing help. Even at 30 years-old, don’t expect Murray to be down and out just yet.