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DeMarco Murray is good fit for Dolphins, for right price

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Mark J. Rebilas)

There has been quite a bit of movement especially on the trade front this week before the official start of NFL free agency. Obviously, there are going to be some serious cuts the Dolphins are going to make in order to give themselves some more cap space. What they are going to do with the cap space is yet to be determined. They are going to need to solidify some depth in the offensive back field. There is one free agent RB that could be a target and that’s DeMarco Murray.

The Titans announced they are releasing the former Pro Bowl running back, who made $6.9 million in Tennessee last year.

Now Murray is RB who could become a key part of the Dolphins offense if they do decide to sign him. However they have to be careful with pulling the trigger on such a move. The last thing the franchise needs to do is tie a huge contract for a player at a position where returns diminish with age.

Now, Murray has already passed the scary age of 30, which is really a line of demarcation for running backs. The Dolphins have had bad luck in this exact category. They did bring in Arian Foster two years back and that never materialized into a productive partnership. Obviously, Foster was signed at a major discount after a major injury. Murray isn’t dealing with a major injury, though in 2017 he had a nagging hamstring that slowed him, as well, as a knee injury that kept him out of action at the end of the season.

Comparing Murray to Foster probably isn’t fair, considering the severity of Foster’s injury. What is fair is comparing the two when they are healthy. Murray is one of the most productive backs in the NFL when he’s fresh. He may indeed still have some gas in the tank.

Again the Dolphins ought to be cautious. If they can get Murray at the right price and he’s able to remain healthy their offense is going to be much stronger. Obviously the Jarvis Landry situation isn’t full resolved, but clearly if they are able to keep him and add a DeMarco Murray at a nice price, it would be a good look.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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