Monday is the beginning of the legal tampering period for players set to become free agents on Wednesday, but the Detroit Lions will be spending some of the day meeting with a player who has already achieved free agent status.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions will be meeting with former Titans running back DeMarco Murray:
Former Titans’ RB DeMarco Murray is scheduled to visit Monday with the Detroit Lions, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2018
Murray was released last week, so unlike the players set to become free agents, the Lions can meet with him face-to-face. He can also sign immediately, since his contract has already expired.
We wrote about Murray a few days ago and his fit with the Lions. Here are my thoughts from then:
If the Lions are looking for a long-term fix in their backfield, Murray won’t be their guy. But if they’re looking for a short-term replacement who can push everyone currently on the roster a little harder, Murray could be a legitimate option. Given his age and down year in 2017, he may be one of the more economical options on the market.
The biggest concern with Murray is his age. He just turned 30 and is coming off one of the least productive years of his career. However, his teammate Derrick Henry, also saw a small dip in production (4.5 YPC to 4.2) suggesting the Titans’ running problems ran deeper.
Regardless, Murray is just a year removed from a 1,200-yard season, and he would bring a power running game sorely missing in Detroit—along with some receiving skills, too.