One more big time free agent remains on the market and the Raiders are part of the battle to sign him. In that battle, they may have added a nice weapon in the form of newly signed middle linebacker, Curtis Lofton.
"Man, I think you can't have too many good players on one team, or too many good Sooners, that were former Sooners on one team," Lofton said over conference call Wednesday. "I reached out to DeMarco. I think he has a lot on his plate right now and I would love for him to be a part of this team. Man, it would be awesome to get him."
Right now the Raiders are said to be one of four teams trying to convince the league leading rusher to join their team along with the Jaguars, Eagles, and Cowboys. Murray is said to be looking for $8 million per season with the Cowboys having reportedly offered him $5 million.
The Eagles have a similar weapon in the battle for DeMarco. They just traded for Murray's old college roommate at Oklahoma, Sam Bradford, who said he too has been trying to convince Murray to join him in Philadelphia.
"I've been trying my hardest," Bradford said at a press conference. "I called him. I've texted him. I've done everything. We've been in communication and I think if we could somehow land DeMarco, it would be a great pickup."
That could be very attractive. However, they don't quite have the money the Raiders and Jaguars have and they just signed Ryan Mathews to team up with Darren Sproles.
He knows the Raiders can afford it even after announcing the signing of six new free agents today. But at some point being able to afford it loses out to simply not being willing to severely overpay. Especially considering the Raider have a starting running back in place in Latavius Murray and just added running back, Roy Helu to the backfield.
We should know soon what DeMarco Murray decides. Then this saga can come to a merciful end.
UPDATE: DeMarco Murray is flying to Philadelphia Wednesday night to meet with the Eagles according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
It's on: Cowboys free-agent RB DeMarco Murray is flying to Philadelphia to meet Eagles officials on Thursday, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2015