When the NFL season officially begins on Wednesday at 4pm, the Eagles will have a lot go down by 4:01pm. Earlier today it was announced that the Eagles are sending Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins for draft picks. In the six o’clock hour, Adam Schefter has reported that the Eagles are now finalizing a deal that will send DeMarco Murray, the prize running back free agent of last offseason, to the Tennessee Titans. Howie Roseman’s overhaul of Chipadelphia continues.
Last March, the Eagles inked Murray to a 5 year $40 million deal the year after he was the NFL’s rushing champ. Not only did the Eagles bring in the superstar of free agency but they also stole him away from the division rival Cowboys, the team he won the rushing title for the year prior. Most of Philadelphia was ecstatic over the news and welcomed Murray with open arms and dreams of he, and his former college roommate Sam Bradford, leading the Eagles on a deep playoff run. His year-long stay in Philly did not go as planned.
Murray finished the year with an underwhelming 702 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 fumbles. Not to mention the countless negative plays and what seemed to be lack of effort towards the end of the season. It was clear that Murray did not want to be here at the end of the season and it was reported that he had a “plane conversation” with owner Jeffery Lurie about the future of head coach Chip Kelly. Even after Kelly was fired, Murray did not want to stay in Philadelphia. According to Adam Schefter, Murray was granted permission to seek a trade partner for himself, he found the Titans.
It is unclear what compensation the Eagles will get in return for the former rushing champ, but the Eagles will save about $4 million on the cap for this offseason. This brings the Eagles free cap for this free agency period to about $27 million, giving them much more options in free agency than they started the day with. However, they also have more holes to fill as well. The fun is just getting started this offseason for Howie and the Eagles.