FOX To Sign DeMarco Murray As Analyst

At the summer’s outset, DeMarco Murray was hoping to land another NFL opportunity. Now, it’s looking like he intends to make his recent retirement announcement stick. 

The 2014 offensive player of the year will be part of FOX’s college football broadcast team this season, serving as a color analyst on one of the crews, according to Barry Horn, recently of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter link).

With players like Alfred Morris and Branden Oliver being signed in recent days, Murray profiles as perhaps the top free agent running back available. Although it wouldn’t be a shock to see the 30-year-old backtrack on this apparent decision to enter broadcasting – short-lived Fox employee Jay Cutler executed this strategy just a year ago – this points Murray further toward retirement.

The former Cowboys, Eagles and Titans running back played for seven seasons and was a full-time starter in Tennessee last year. He did not fare nearly as well last season as he did in 2016, a Pro Bowl campaign that featured nearly 1,700 yards from scrimmage, but Murray seemingly could offer a team insurance in the event of an injury. The Redskins are now without Derrius Guice and have Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall out, making them a logical suitor. But no team’s been connected to luring Murray out of retirement.

Unless that changes, college football fans can expect to hear a young voice breaking down plays this season. Murray won’t have much time to acclimate, either. The season’s first full Saturday of action is barely two weeks away.

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