The Oakland Raiders are prepared to let Latavius Murray hit the open market as both parties unable to agree to new contract.
The 27-year old running back out of University of Central Florida (UCF) was selected by the Raiders in the 6th round – Pick: 181 in the 2013 NFL draft.
The Oakland Raiders signed Murray to a four-year, $2.26 million contract. It also included $106,200 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $106,200.
After running for over 1000 yards in 2015, Murray was less then impressed in 2016 when he had his snap cap reduced to allow rookies Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington work more of a committee backfield.
Murray was still able to double his 2015 touchdown count, crossing the line 12 times in 2016.
“I don’t think I ever want to be a guy who bounces around or things like that,” Murray stated when asked about free agency.
“I’d love to finish my career here (in Oakland). I think says a lot about any player who’s able to stay in one place. I’d love to finish what I started but I know how things could go.”
“But in saying that I need to take care of myself and my family and free agency is a serious consideration”
Murray has made 45 starts for the Raiders since being drafted in 2013. He was named in the 2015 pro bowl and is expected to have a number of teams show interest in him once free agency opens up in March.