On Friday, Carson Wentz worked out with two wide receiver prospects from the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. On Sunday, the Eagles’ franchise quarterback was photographed with a player who is set to be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins: Latavius Murray. Murray posted the picture on his official Instagram account. Murray’s caption reads: “im just here to help"
As was the case with the receivers Wentz worked out with, Murray shares the same representation as the young quarterback (Rep1 Sports). So that explains why they are hanging out.
Still, it’s interesting to see Wentz spending time with a potential free agent. Howie Roseman did say, after all, that Wentz could have an influence on the Eagles’ decisions in free agency.
It’s also apparent the Eagles badly need help at running back. Philadelphia doesn’t currently have an obvious lead back on the roster, aside from Ryan Mathews who is expected to be cut or traded.
The 27-year-old Murray started 28 games for the Raiders over the past two seasons. He rushed for 1,854 yards on 461 carries (4.0 average) and 18 touchdowns during that span. He also had 74 receptions for 496 yards (6.7 average). Murray is arguably the best running back available in free agency this offseason.
Newsflash: just because Wentz was seen hanging with Murray doesn’t mean it’s a lock the Eagles are going to sign him. But it’s an interesting thing of note as we wait for NFL free agency to begin on March 9.
(Hat tip to @PHLEaglesNation for noticing Murray’s picture)
UPDATE: Wentz was also hanging out with Nelson Agholor.
Got some work in with my man Nelly today big things ahead. pic.twitter.com/kLyqCDgx8W— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) February 19, 2017