Following a three-year stint with the Oakland Raiders, running back Latavius Murray is not expected to return next season and is set to slip into free agency. When fit, Murray is a solid addition to any team and should be on the radar of many in the coming months. Here's a look at five squads in particular who should give him a look.
5. Cleveland Browns
Given the Browns have salary cap space to add to their roster, and an overall weakness at the wide receiver position, the move could make logistical sense. Given Murray's experience running the ball, his ability to make plays with the pigskin could help the floundering Browns open up their passing game. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards two seasons ago. Having a weapon like that in the backfield can only help an offense out.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Veteran running backs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles struggled to stay on the field for Philadelphia late last season. Ultimately, Philly will be looking for someone to rack up yardage on the offensive end. A role Murray may flourish in. They need someone to come in and help out Carson Wentz.
3. Green Bay Packers
With the release of James Starks, and Eddie Lacy rumored to be done in Green Bay, the Packers are in a desperate search for another solid RB. Ty Montgomery is expected to be the starter next season, but he's a wide receiver turned into an RB. A player with Murray's class could no question be used to keep improving the ground game.
2. Minnesota Vikings
With rumors swirling that the aging Adrian Peterson might be on his way out, the Vikings could need to fill a major gap. Bringing in Murray would be a no-brainer for Minnesota if AD indeed leaves town. They'll need a power running back to take over. Sign Murray up.
1. Indianapolis Colts
The aging Frank Gore is approaching his metaphorical golden years and, following a less-than-stellar campaign in 2016, the Colts are in the hunt for a replacement to give the team a hungry edge. Murray has the ability to run the ball and be a receiving threat. Imagine him and Andrew Luck together? That'd be a nice one-two punch.
It's not for sure that Murray will be leaving town, but it appears likely at this point. Should Oakland decide to move on from the speedy back, one of the five teams listed above shouldn't waste any time to sign him to a deal.