After a two-year stint with the Tennessee Titans, DeMarco Murray is in search of a new team. The oddsmakers at YouWager.eu have set the line as to where the running back plays in 2018.
Detroit Lions: 2/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3/1
Indianapolis Colts: 3/1
New England Patriots: 6/1
Green Bay Packers: 8/1
Seattle Seahawks: 8/1
Oakland Raiders: 10/1
San Francisco 49ers: 12/1
Cleveland Browns: 12/1
The Field: 4/1
Sit Out 2018: 5/1
Murray finds himself on the wrong side of 30, which could spell trouble enticing an NFL team to deal for him. He spent two healthy, reasonably productive seasons in Nashville. In 2017, he scored seven touchdowns while racking up 659 yards on a 3.6-per-carry average.
The three-time Pro Bowler declined an invite to work out for the New Orleans Saints, who will be dealing with Mark Ingram's early-season suspension. The Lions would have appeared to be a potential destination for Murray before they acquired LeGarrette Blount in the offseason. Detroit also plucked Auburn back Kerryon Johnson in the second round of the 2018 draft. That makes a crowded backfield with Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah still on the roster.
Both the Buccaneers and Colts need backfield help. Indianapolis drafted Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in the draft to fill the void left by Frank Gore's departure to Miami. Marlon Mack is currently slotted as the No. 1 running back, but that could change if the Colts take a flier on Murray. The Buccaneers got good production from Peyton Barber in the final third of 2017, when he averaged 67 yards per game on 16 carries. But he scored only once in those final five games and was virtually nonexistent as a receiver. Murray has never been a serious threat out of the backfield, but has averaged more than 300 receiving yards per season. At 3/1, there's strong value on Tampa.
Bill Belichick has never been timid in plugging veterans into his system, although he has a rep for treating his run game as an afterthought. James White and Rex Burkhead is the duo currently in place, and I don't see any reason to tinker with either. Green Bay has been floated as a Murray possibility, but the Packers are ahead of the curve with the trio of Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones, who gained 5.5 yards per pop in 2017.
At 8/1, Seattle seems a good bet. Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson are currently 1-2 on the Seahawks' depth chart. While the Hawks are high on Penny's potential, they're going to need a backfield workhorse accustomed to the weekly grind of a 16-game season. I think Murray has a good shot ending up here.
Two more alternatives, Cleveland and San Francisco, already have plans in place for the backs they have, making Murray a non-factor.
While the Redskins have been decimated by recent backfield injuries, their future is all about Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. If one -- or both -- go down in training camp, Washington might just holler out to Murray.