The New Orleans Saints lower ties with backup operating again Latavius Murray on Tuesday afternoon.
Murray, who was coming off his greatest season as knowledgeable, refused to take a pay lower, in line with ESPN. Now, the Saints will financial institution on Tony Jones Jr. to fill the void and function the No. 2 operating again behind perennial All-Professional Alvin Kamara.
Murray, 31, had two years left on his contract. He was due $4.176 million this season and $4.3 million subsequent yr. By making the choice to launch Murray, the Saints saved $2.327 million in salary-cap house. Final season, Murray ran for 656 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. He additionally got here down with 23 receptions for 176 yards and one rating.
As Kamara’s backup the final two years, Murray proved to be one of the vital serviceable handcuffs within the NFL. He ran for 1,293 dashing yards, averaged 4.4 yards per carry, and had 11 whole touchdowns for New Orleans.
The Jaguars misplaced rookie operating again Travis Etienne to a season-ending foot harm in the course of the preseason, which implies second-year sensation James Robinson would be the group’s full-time starter. Murray may undoubtedly be serviceable in that backfield. He may additionally assist out the Ravens, who misplaced J.Okay. Dobbins to a torn ACL, and the Titans, who want a dependable backup choice for All-Professional Derrick Henry.