Latavius Murray is looking for a big contract this spring. But the Oakland Raiders have bigger priorities like Khalil Mack and Derek Carr.
Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray is looking for big money this offseason. He rushed for 1,066 yards on 266 carries on his way to the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2015. In 2016, he ran for only 788 yards but had 12 TDs on the season.
Things like Pro Bowls and seasons with double-digit TDs up your contract value. No one really likes to play in Pro Bowls anymore so average players often end up making it. But still, it has taken Murray’s market value up to 6.7 million per year according to Spotrac.
If he was worth that to the Raiders, GM Reggie McKenzie would have signed him to that last offseason. McKenzie doesn’t play when it comes to signing valuable players, he plans ahead. He saw this coming, which is why he drafted at his position in 2016.
His priorities right now are OLB Khalil Mack and and franchise QB Derek Carr. Mack was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2016 season. Carr was an NFL MVP candidate until he got hurt but ended up with Clutch Player of the Year.
Also according to Spotrac, Mack’s market value is at $20.1 million while Carr’s is $23 million. So with that in mind, the Raiders don’t have $6.7. million to spend on an RB like Murray. Therefore, they are willing to see if Murray can get that this offseason.
And according to a report by Josina Anderson of ESPN, the team expects him to sign with another team. There’s only so much money to go around so Murray could be out.