ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the Tennessee Titans are finalizing a deal that would allow them to acquire Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray. The deal is not expected to go through until the new league year begins on Wednesday and the return for Philadelphia in the potential trade remains unknown.
Tennessee finalizing deal for Eagles RB DeMarco Murray, league sources tell ESPN. Trade expected to be complete for new league year Weds
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2016
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that the Eagles had already finalized a deal to trade linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins for unspecified draft compensation. Now, with Murray reportedly more than just on Philly’s trade block, the Eagles look to be completely cleaning house from the Chip Kelly era as they move on into the Doug Pederson regime.
Murray struggled significantly with the Eagles in 2015 after coming over from Dallas during free agency. However, credit much of Murray’s bad stat line to Chip Kelly’s offense, which was clearly a bad fit for Murray who is known as a north-south runner rather than one that is east-west. It looked as if the Eagles were going to try and build an offense around DeMarco Murray with Doug Pederson’s new scheme, but it now appears as if Philadelphia could be trying to completely rebuild from ground up, and it starts with letting go of big contracts such as Murray’s (5-years, $40 million)
The possible departure of DeMarco Murray would obviously give the Eagles a ton of salary cap space, especially after parting ways with Maxwell ($8,500,000 cap hit) and Kiko Alonso (UFA). The opening of cap space does come at a major cost, however, as the Eagles would now be without a starting running back, a key starting linebacker and their top cornerback. The Eagles will either try to land a group of big-name free agents such as wideouts: Jermaine Kearse or Anquan Boldin, linebackers: Daryl Smith, Danny Trevathan, or Stephen Tulloch, and cornerbacks: Brent Grimes or Sean Smith. If not, it will be back to the drawing board for the birds as they are in desperate need of filling in the voids they have already and potentially lost with these two trades.