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Report: Travis Kelce, former NFL stars trying to buy Mets with A-Rod and J-Lo

Alex Rodriguez and his fiancee Jennifer Lopez are leading a group that is trying to purchase the New York Mets, and the NFL community is apparently well represented in their bid as well.

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure revealed on Monday that Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and former NFL stars Brian Urlacher, DeMarco Murray and Joe Thomas are some of the investors in Rodriguez’s and Lopez’s group. Some NBA players are also investing, including Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal and Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have such high-quality individuals as part of our group,” Rodriguez told ESPN.

Kelce called the chance to become a part owner of the Mets a “crazy opportunity,” while Urlacher said he is proud to be a part of such a noteworthy group of current and former athletes.

“Being a former athlete and having a chance to be a part of a group trying to purchase a professional team, it’s pretty cool,” Urlacher said. “It’s especially cool to be involved with Alex. Alex is the man. You’ve got Kelce, Joe Thomas, DeMarco Murray. It’s great to be in a group with them.”

A-Rod and J-Lo have contributed $300 million of their own money. The initial bid from the group was $1.7 billion last week, with billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen reportedly bidding $2 billion. Cohen is still considered the favorite to buy the Mets even though he had a deal in place with owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon that went sour earlier this year due to a number of issues.

Rodriguez and Lopez reportedly have at least one billionaire in their investment group, so it would not be a surprise if they increase their bid.

Ex-NFL RB DeMarco Murray lands college assistant coach job at Arizona

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Former All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray has entered the coaching profession.

The Arizona Wildcats announced today that Murray, a longtime Dallas Cowboy, will join the school’s staff as running backs coach, his first post-playing role.

“DeMarco brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our running back room,” Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said in an official statement. “That, with his attention to detail, passion for the game and passion for impacting others will make him a great addition. Our entire staff is excited for him to join our organization.”

Sumlin recruited Murray to Oklahoma in 2007 while serving as the school’s co-offensive coordinator, and clearly didn’t forget about him in the decade that followed, even after both left the school.

Murray retired from the NFL last July at just 30 years old. He spent the 2018 season working as a college football analyst.

DeMarco Murray reportedly set to join FOX as college football analyst

DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray is set to join FOX as a college football analyst, according to a report.

Barry Horn reported the news about Murray on Friday, saying the announcement is expected to come soon.

Murray, 30, decided to retire during the offseason. He played seven seasons in the NFL, making three Pro Bowls. He was first-team All-Pro and the AP Offensive Player in the Year after leading the league with 1,845 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014. He battled injuries throughout his career and only played two full 16-game seasons.

Murray played his college ball at Oklahoma.

DeMarco Murray announces he is retiring

DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray has not received a lot of interest on the free agent market this offseason, and the star running back has decided that his playing days are over.

In an appearance on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Friday, Murray announced that he is retiring.

“I still got it,” Murray said. “I can still play this game, but I think maybe it’s time to move on.”

Murray has two children, and he said he wants to move on to “bigger and better things.” It should be noted that he made the announcement as part of the panel on the show and not via a guest interview, so it’s possible he will be working with ESPN going forward.

After he rushed for just 659 yards and six touchdowns on 184 attempts last season, Murray reportedly turned down at least one invitation to work out for a team. It seemed like he was aiming high and looking for a starting job at first, but perhaps he realized his expectations were unrealistic.

Report: DeMarco Murray turned down invitation to group workout with Saints

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DeMarco Murray is one of the biggest names available in free agency at the running back position, but the lack of interest in the 30-year-old indicates many teams believe his best football is behind him. At least one team has shown interest in the three-time Pro Bowler, but apparently not enough.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the New Orleans Saints invited Murray to work out for them on Wednesday, but Murray turned it down because other running backs were meeting with the team at the same time.

Murray’s production was way down last season, and he may have to adjust his expectations in free agency. He had 184 carries with the Tennessee Titans and rushed for just 659 yards, which averaged out to a career-worst 3.6 yards per carry.

Murray has reportedly met with some teams already this offseason, yet he remains unsigned. His situation seems similar to the one Adrian Peterson was in a year ago, which didn’t really end well for AP. It almost never does for running backs on the wrong side of 30.

15 best remaining NFL free agents

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The early free agency frenzy is long over, the 2018 NFL Draft has passed, and organized team activities (OTAs) and mini-camps are in full swing around the league. But that doesn’t mean teams are done tweaking their rosters. There are still quite a few talented players available in free agency. As training camps approach, the interest in them will undoubtedly increase.

Here’s a look at the 15 best remaining NFL free agents.

15. Orleans Darkwa, RB

Orleans Darkwa’s name appearing on this list may come as a surprise to some, but he did some impressive things last year for the Giants. While playing with metal plates in his leg and behind a horrendous offensive line, the running back managed to rush for over 750 yards while averaging 4.4 yards per carry a season ago. With the plates having been removed this offseason, Darkwa will now see the return of his explosiveness, which he had just started to display prior to his injury in 2016. Capable of running, catching and pass protecting, Darkwa will get a well-deserved shot somewhere in 2018.

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DeMarco Murray reportedly also set for visit with Seahawks

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DeMarco Murray appears to have multiple teams interested in his services.

In addition to a scheduled visit with the Detroit Lions, Murray is also set to visit with the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Murray turned 30 last month and was released by the Titans last week in a cost-cutting move. He missed both of the Titans’ playoff games with a knee injury.

Murray rushed for 659 yards on 184 carries last season, just an average of 3.6 yards per carry. He also caught 39 passes for 266 yards.

Seattle has struggled to find its running game since Marshawn Lynch’s departure. They used several backs last season, including Chris Carson, Eddie Lacy, CJ Prosise, Mike Davis, JD McKissic, and Thomas Rawls.

DeMarco Murray set to visit with Detroit Lions

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DeMarco Murray has a free agent visit set up.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday night that Murray is set to visit with the Detroit Lions on Monday.

Murray turned 30 last month and was released by the Titans last week in a cost-cutting move. He missed the Titans’ playoff games with a knee injury.

The veteran running back rushed for 659 yards on 184 carries last season — just 3.6 average. He also caught 39 passes for 266 yards.

Detroit has Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick under contract at running back. Murray could be a good fit for them.

15 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

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The official start to the new league year is less than a month away, which means all 32 NFL teams are gearing up for their annual free agency frenzy.

In preparation for said frenzy, each team is currently deep in evaluation mode, looking not just at the crop of impending free agents, but also their own impending free agents and what remains of their roster. Teams must decide whom they’d like to bring back, sign, perhaps equally important, who they can part ways with in an effort to trim their salary cap.

Already this month we’ve seen the New York Giants release Bobby Hart, the Kansas City Chiefs terminate the contract of Darrelle Revis, and the Bucs release Chris Baker and Doug Martin. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; a plethora of releases will be coming in relatively short order.

Who is poised to join the list of available players? Here’s a look at 15 players who could be released prior to the start of free agency.

15. Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Although it’s not yet official, it’s widely believed that the Cardinals are poised to part ways with future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson despite a few successful weeks with the team. He was acquired from the New Orleans Saints in a trade that sent a sixth-round pick in the other direction. Entering 2018, Peterson is on the books for a $1.05 million base salary and a cap hit of $2,881,250 including bonuses. There would be no dead cap hit to release the long-time veteran, so Arizona essentially rented Peterson for a portion of the year. At 32 years old and a displaying clear inability to stay healthy — Peterson has appeared in a full 16 games just once since 2012 — it makes sense that the Cardinals plan to go in a different direction. Peterson, however, insists he’s not done playing just yet.

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DeMarco Murray reportedly could be done with Titans

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Derrick Henry is emerging as a feature back for the Tennessee Titans in DeMarco Murray’s absence, which has led to some speculation that Murray’s time with the team could be over.

ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe wrote an article on Thursday about the passing of the torch from Henry to Murray. In that article, Wolfe said there is a “decent chance” Murray’s time with the Titans is over.

There’s a decent chance that we have seen Murray take his last snap in a Titans uniform. Murray is out Saturday with a torn MCL, and he won’t return unless the Titans make the AFC Championship or Super Bowl. It’s time to hand the feature back keys to Henry. Murray is scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2018, probably too much money for a backup, but the Titans will owe no dead money if he’s cut.

Murray will be 30 next season, which is a time when many backs decline. Murray may have already shown signs of that. After rushing for 1,287 yards and catching 53 passes in 2016 for Tennessee, Murray averaged just 3.6 yards per carry this season and rushed for almost half as many yards as he did last season. It most certainly is Henry’s time to star for this team. Bringing Murray back for $6.5 million next season wouldn’t make much sense.