Three-time Pro Bowler DeMarco Murray has announced his retirement from the NFL after seven seasons.
During Friday’s episode of ESPN’s NFL, the 30-year-old made the announcement, saying: “It’s been a long time thinking, the last year or two, and physically, mentally and emotionally, I think it’s time for me to hang it up.”
Murray was cut by the Tennessee Titans on March 8, after being the team’s lead back for two seasons.
In 2016, he was the AFC’s leading rusher with 1,287 yards. However, in 2017, he had a career-low 659 rushing yards and tied for a career low with 3.6 yards per carry, mostly due to injuries; and failed to reach 1,000 yards from scrimmage for the first time since 2012.
Murray had two years remaining on a deal that the Titans renegotiated after they acquired him via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles in March 2016. He was set to earn $6.5 million in 2018 and $6.75 million in 2019.
During his NFL career, Murray had some huge seasons. Specifically, in 2014, he led the NFL in rushing and was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year after running for 1,845 yards with 13 touchdowns with the Dallas Cowboys.
Murrary retires with career numbers of 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns, while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He also had 307 receptions for 2,165 yards and 6 scores.