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Titans to release DeMarco Murray

Jesse Borek

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Dec 10, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The Tennessee Titans are set to release running back DeMarco Murray, the team announced on Twitter on Thursday.

Murray spent the past two seasons as a member of the Titans, starting all but one regular season game in the backfield. After a nearly lost season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, he had a career renaissance with Tennessee in 2016, making his third career Pro Bowl appearance.

In his two years with the team, he combined for 477 carries for 1,946 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground, adding another 92 receptions for 643 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.

I want to thank DeMarco for his contributions as a Titan, not only for what he did on the field but also in the locker room and in the community,” said Titans general manager Jon Robinson in a statement. “He was a pro in every facet and we wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

The move clears the way for Tennessee to make Derrick Henry its full-time running back after two years of having the former Heisman Trophy winner back up Murray. The duo of Murray and Henry have worked off another, but saw their carries divvied nearly evenly this past year. Their success helped lead the Titans back to the postseason.

As a unit, the Titans combined for 18 rushing touchdowns, which tied for second-most in the league last season.

After seven years in the league, Murray will become a free agent ahead of his age-30 season, looking to join a new franchise for the first time since his trade from Philadelphia.

Jesse is a news desk reporter and FRS SLAM columnist with FanRag Sports since August 2016. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a dual major in comparative literature and journalism.

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