Adam Schefter reports that the Saints reached out to free agent RB DeMarco Murray about trying out for the team on Wednesday. However, Murray reportedly preferred to not work out with a large group of running backs.
Schefter says that Murray is still waiting for the right opportunity and believes he is ready to make a significant contribution in 2018.
The Saints are hosting Jamaal Charles and Terrance West on Wednesday, so they’re clearly taking a look at the available running back options with Mark Ingram set to miss the first four games of the season.
Murray has met with the Dolphins, Seahawks, and Lions this offseason, but it appears as though there’s nothing on the horizon for him.
Murray, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2011. He was entering the third year of his four-year, $25.5 million contract that included $12.5 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $6.25 million for the 2018 season when the Titans released him in a move that freed up $6.5 million of available cap space.
In 2017, Murray appeared in 15 games and rushed for 659 yards on 184 carries (3.6 YPC) to go along with 39 receptions for 266 yards receiving and seven total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 26 running back out of 58 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.