DeMarco Murray headed to Titans from Eagles

The Tennessee Titans agreed to acquire DeMarco Murray in a trade with Philadelphia, trying to land the running back threat they've lacked since releasing Chris Johnson.

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DeMarco Murray's stay with the Philadelphia Eagles was brief. After rushing for only 702 yards with the Eagles, the running back was reportedly dealt to the Tennessee Titans. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Tennessee Titans have acquired DeMarco Murray in a trade with Philadelphia, finding the running back threat they've lacked since releasing Chris Johnson, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Geoff Mosher of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia reported what the compensation was in the trade.

Murray also agreed to rework the five-year, $40 million US contract with $21 million guaranteed he signed with Philadelphia last year, the person told The Associated Press on Monday night. 

His new contract has a base value of $25.5 million over four years, with incentives pushing to total possible value to $33 million. It includes $12.5 million guaranteed.

ESPN first reported the trade.

The Titans hold the No. 1 pick in the April draft and have eight draft picks — three in the top 64 selections.

This will be the first big move by new Titans general manager Jon Robinson, who was hired in January to turn around a franchise that has gone 5-27 since releasing Johnson in April 2014 to avoid the final three seasons of a $53.5 million deal. Johnson was the last running back to run for 100 yards in a game for Tennessee, a drought that stretches back to December 2013.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota ran for 112 yards on Dec. 6 in a win over Jacksonville, but that number was boosted by an 87-yard touchdown run. The Titans ranked 25th in the NFL last season, averaging 92.8 yards rushing per game, and new coach Mike Mularkey has talked about running the ball much more next season.

Murray led the NFL in rushing for 1,845 yards with 13 touchdowns in Dallas in 2014 and was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

He only ran for 702 yards with the Eagles last season, but he did run for 112 yards Oct. 19 against the Giants. The six-year veteran has run for 5,228 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He also has 215 receptions for 1,522 yards.

Adding Murray also brings some much-needed experience to the Titans' offense, which had rookies take 25.8 percent of the snaps last season.

With files from CBC Sports


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