Latavius Murray, Ravens Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $2M Contract

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 10: Latavius Murray #28 of the New Orleans Saints scores a six yard touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 10, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Free-agent running back Latavius Murray is finalizing a deal with the Baltimore Ravens following reported season-ending injuries to J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

Jeff Zrebiec @jeffzrebiec

The Ravens aren't done bringing in veteran RBs. Per sources, they are working on finalizing a deal with Latavius Murray. Should get done.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Murray's one-year contract was worth the veteran minimum with incentives to get it to $2 million.

The move comes after the team signed Le'Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman to its practice squad with the intention of adding them to the active roster.

Murray will take the field for his eighth NFL season. He started his career with the Oakland Raiders, where he played from 2014 to 2016, and then played a pair of seasons apiece for the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.

The 31-year-old appeared ready to begin the 2021 campaign as Alvin Kamara's backup in New Orleans, but he was released Tuesday, five days before the Saints open the season against the Green Bay Packers.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Saints are releasing RB Latavius Murray, per source. They asked for a pay reduction yesterday and he refused. Murray is coming off his best season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch.

Murray amassed 832 total yards and five touchdowns on 169 touches last year. He gained 4.5 yards per carry and also caught 23 passes for 176 yards. His best game came against the Denver Broncos, when he amassed 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

The UCF product's career includes a Pro Bowl campaign in 2015, when he had a career-high 1,298 total yards (1,066 rushing, 232 receiving). He followed that up with 1,052 total yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016.

For his career, the 6'3", 230-pound Murray has 6,285 total yards and 45 touchdowns. He's averaged 4.2 yards per carry.

He'll join his fourth NFL team in the Ravens. His durability, efficiency and ability to catch balls out of the backfield should help Baltimore as the team sets its sights on the playoffs.