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Seahawks Rumors: DeMarco Murray to Visit Amid Lions Interest

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2018

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec.10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Free-agent running back DeMarco Murray will reportedly visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Adam Schefter of ESPN previously reported Murray would also visit with the Detroit Lions.

Murray, 30, rushed for just 659 yards and six touchdowns in 2017 for the Tennessee Titans, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He earned a 71.2 grade from Pro Football Focus, 40th among NFL running backs.

In contrast, former teammate Derrick Henry rushed for 744 yards, five rushing scores and 4.2 yards per carry. He earned a grade of 79.3 from PFF, 21st among running backs. Meanwhile, Dion Lewis—set to sign with the Titans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport—accumulated 896 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, 5.0 yards per carry and an 87.2 grade from PFF (fifth-best).

The Titans saw the opportunity to upgrade at running back by keeping Henry and adding Lewis, making Murray's release inevitable.

Murray has been inconsistent since leaving the Dallas Cowboys following his epic 2014 campaign (1,845 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns). His one year with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 went poorly, but he started his Titans career in 2016 by rushing for 1,287 yards and posting 12 total scores.

He regressed in 2017 and dealt with injuries throughout the campaign, calling into question whether he's a legitimate feature back at this stage in his career or better served in a backfield platoon.

Murray believes he can still headline a rushing attack.

"I feel very confident in myself. Excited for the future. Excited for my future. I know what type of player I am," he said in February, per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, laughing off the idea that he was no longer a starting-caliber running back.

It remains to be seen if another NFL team agrees with that sentiment.

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