DeMarco Murray is announcing his retirement from the NFL today, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Murray, who turned 30 years old in February, finishes his career having played seven seasons in the league.
One of those seasons, as you’ll unfortunately recall, was with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.
Chip Kelly decided it would be a good idea to sign Murray, who was coming off just 497 total touches with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, to a five-year, $42 million contract worth $21 million guaranteed. The money was clearly not well spent. Murray lasted just one season in Philly. He averaged a mere 3.6 yards per carry and fumbled twice that year.
Murray’s effort was also highly questionable.
DeMarco Murray sliding into retirement https://t.co/KxIoLd5lra pic.twitter.com/yIaMphoQAI— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) July 13, 2018
Thanks to Howie Roseman being reinstated after Chip Kelly was fired, the Eagles were able to get out from under Murray’s terrible contract. Roseman traded Murray and a fourth-round pick to the Titans in exchange of Tennessee’s higher fourth-round pick. The latter of those picks was ultimately included in the Eagles’ move up to get Carson Wentz. The highlight of Murray’s Philadelphia career.
Calling Murray a former Eagles player sounds weird. It doesn’t feel like he was ever truly an Eagle.
Ultimately, Kelly’s mistakes (unintentionally) helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl. So there’s that. But man, things got really bad (2015) before they got really good (2017).