What’s next for Latavius Murray?

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The Saints cut Latavius Murray after he refused to reduce a $2.95 million salary that would have become guaranteed, as a practical matter, this weekend. So what’s next for Murray?

Unless he refused to take less as a matter of principle, Murray would have (or at least should have) gauged the market by finding out whether another team would pay him as much or more whatever the Saints offered on a reduced deal. The fact that Murray refused to take less could mean that he’ll end up with more than the Saints offered elsewhere.

Then again, not everyone gauges the market. It’s delicate. It’s technically tampering. But there are ways to find out what is behind Door No. 2 elsewhere before spurning Door No. 1.

Does it suck that teams do this to players, this late in the game? Absolutely. But players can protect themselves. If there’s a term in the out years of a contract that forces a decision early (like a guarantee vesting or a roster bonus becoming due in March), the decision gets made at a time when the player has options. When the player abruptly gets dumped in September, just days before the start of the season, the options are few and far between.

If/when Murray lands quickly elsewhere and gets more than he would have gotten from the Saints on a reduced deal, we’ll know whether he gauged the market before telling the Saints to take their offer and shove it.

Either way, the lesson for every veteran player who is negotiating a contract is simple — insist on a term in the out years of a contract that forces a team to make a decision as early as possible.

12 responses to “What’s next for Latavius Murray?

  1. This sounds like Agent 101 stuff.

    I would venture to guess it’s on the table in a day 1 package. When it’s all said and done some players choose more money, while others choose the early bonus/cut date. Much like any labor negotiation.

    Par for the course is the best players get the best of both worlds.

  2. Not every veteran has the option to demand specifics on the out in the deal. Some have to settle for what they can get and hope for the best. He might have tried to demand different specifics on his previous contract, and the Saints may have just moved on to another old RB instead.

  3. Most likely, the Saints dumped him because he has hit the cliff and wasn’t worth a roster spot for a younger RB that also plays special teams.

  4. There is a 100% chance a starting RB (or one part of a 2 RB committee) gets hurt in the first 1-4 weeks. RBs can plug in relatively easily to a new team, so I am sure he will have a job soon. Especially if someone like Cook, Henry, Zeke, etc. go down.

    BUT I doubt he gets the money he wants, so that will be a factor.

  5. Doubt Baltimore will pay him any more than that but I’m sure he’d find a home there. He’s a better option than Leveon Bell, that’s for sure.

  6. Tony Jones (undrafted rookie) beat him out and the Saints typically get out of the vet RB business a year too soon rather than a year too late (see Reggie Bush, Mark Ingram)

  7. Murray was in demand when he left the Vikings (and didn’t want to be a back-up to Cook) — he had the leverage to negotiate the contract terms that Mike F suggested. Poor work by his agent. I hope he lands on his feet with a decent contract.

  8. I’m thinking the Rams have to be interested. They need someone at RB who doesn’t get hurt.

  9. Murray can easily get 2.4 on the open market from many teams like Miami, Giants, Jets, Falcons, 9ers, Pack, Cards, Seahawks, Steelers, Chargers, Broncos, just to name several.

  10. Murray fumbles at the most inopportune times. He cost the Saints big last year and he never really replaced Mark Ingram II in my book. Jones Jr. beat him out in camp so he was being asked to take a cut if he wanted to stay on the team. Now he is unemployed. Someone will grab him but for less than the Saints offered him.

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