Raiders appear content to let Latavius Murray walk

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In another sign that NFL teams just don’t value running backs, the Raiders appear perfectly willing to let their young starter walk away in free agency.

Latavius Murray is 27 years old, has been the starting running back on a promising young offense in Oakland the last two years, and is heading into free agency with little interest from his team in re-signing him. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that all indications are Murray will leave, confirming what has been said around the NFL for weeks.

The Raiders may figure that DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard played well last year and can pick up a bigger workload after Murray signs elsewhere. There’s also been talk that the Raiders could draft a running back, or sign a veteran in free agency.

The next question is whether Murray can find good money elsewhere. Other than Le’Veon Bell, who has been franchised by the Steelers, Murray is the top running back on our Free Agent Hot 100. But in today’s NFL, being a top running back is no guarantee that there will be a bidding war for your services.

29 responses to “Raiders appear content to let Latavius Murray walk

  1. As a fan I think we value what Murray brings to the table but I also think we can get better through the draft.Murray himself is an example of us getting better in the running game through the draft with a very late 6th round pick.So we let our 1st round pick McFragile walk 2 seasons ago,remember that.This is not a devalue move simply an easy upgrade.

  2. They might stay with what they got, they might draft one or they might sign one in free agency.

    Seems like all bases are covered in this story. It’s been known for weeks he’s going to test the market.

  3. They are content because maybe he’s not that good. Those large bruising running backs have a very short shelf life.

  4. Murray oozes potential but he just didnt do much last year. His average the year before was poor, didnt have a whole host of long runs and for a big back he goes down easily or goes out of bounds a lot.

    When Murray had that 90 yarder against KC 3 seasons ago i thought the Raiders have their man. But he rarely rips off long gain after long gain anymore despite behind behind a quality o-line and an offense which can also pass the ball.

    I’m sure Oakland want Murray to stay but some team will offer him silly money which i’m glad Oakland wont match. With Carr/Mack needing huge contracts Murray is an expense the Raiders can do without

  5. The Raiders are going to live to regret this. He is part of their identity. My team has been soul-searching since we let our guy feel unwanted. He retired, and our “young guys picking up his workload” both got injured twice last year.

  6. They need a big back, Murray or not. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are exactly the same type of RB.

  7. I am interested to see what he could do in a more traditional run-friendly offense, I hate that “run out of the shotgun” crap Musgrave seems to love so much.

  8. Quality guy and best of luck to you Tay Train. I think letting him go is the right business move. His 12 TDs were a result of the great offense having the ball inside the 10 with that O-line many times. Where he will frustrate the next fan base is his inability to fall forward for the extra couple yards, field vision/decision is poor. Misses the hole often. Runs too straight up and makes himself an easy target and always seems to fall down at 1st contact even if its a arm tackle.

  9. Jaguars do make sense since he went to college down there.

    If he’s looking to be a loser and just cash in only, then it makes perfect sense.

  10. Last year it looked like we weren’t gonna sign Penn. He got so upset he even deleted his Raiders images from his twitter account or something along those lines. But he was signed. It sucks to be jerked around like that but this is the business end of the NFL stick. I’m not gonna say he’s gone until he’s gone. Reggie has to work that cap magic like he did last year and I’m sure all the players are on a priority list as to when they are made an offer based on what’s left of the cap after signing the higher priority players. (Carr, Mack, Jackson, Coop). I only hope if we don’t resign Tay we can get a running back who is great in pass protection like he is. Keep our O-line rock solid! I was at the game when Carr went down. Don’t want to feel like THAT again!

  11. After watching him closely the past few years, I can offer this opinion. Murray is soft

  12. I’m OK with it. He’s a big back who doesn’t play all that “big.” I will miss his pass protection though, he’s very good at that and none of the guys on the roster are very good blockers.

  13. I am interested to see what he could do in a more traditional run-friendly offense, I hate that “run out of the shotgun” crap Musgrave seems to love so much.


    You are not alone on that one. Hated all those damn draws.

  14. Washington and Richard had no problems with it. Murray accelerates like an overloaded dump truck and runs with little power.

    I’m not trashing him on the way out, I just wish for a team and player friendly contract. Some one is most likely going to fall all over this guy and overpay though.

  15. Its all good. Murray is good but not great. Raiders will move on and swoop up a big back late in draft. Right now their focus will be on Haasan Riddick if still available at pick 24. That is what they really need, a MLB that can cover in the passing game. He is a converted DB so should fit the bill.

  16. I think that the Raiders will be okay without Murray. The reason that I like him was that he was a breath of fresh air after a slug like McFadden.

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