One of the biggest questions going into the offseason for the Oakland Raiders is the possible resigning of running back Latavius Murray. And it would appear as though he has a ringing endorsement from his Pro Bowl quarterback. Just the other week, Derek Carr tweeted a short video of his workout at the team’s faculty. But what’s significant is that in the video, Carr is wearing a wearing Murray’s recently released “Tay Train” t-shirt.
Murray’s response to Carr was:
— Latavius Murray (@LataviusM) January 27, 2021
Murray has expressed hope publicly that both he and the Raiders can come to the table together for a resigning. The running back is just 27 years old and he has been a big part of the return to glory. Over the past two seasons the Oakland Raiders are 19-13 and Murray has carried much of the offensive load. He led the team on the ground each of the past two seasons, racking up 2,350 yards from scrimmage and scoring 18 touchdowns (19, if you include the postseason).
A running game is very helpful to quarterbacks so fans can easily see why Carr would want Murray to stick around with the Raiders.
But will he? Is Murray worth it?
The Raiders will have to answer that question as free agency gets closer and closer with each passing day. Ironically, Derek Carr might block the resigning of Murray since both he and the Raiders are expected to sign an extension that will include a rather hefty pay raise. So hefty that some are predicting it will set a new record for contracts in the NFL. Carr’s signing might prevent the team from retaining Murray’s services this offseason. Murray is getting older and the life of a running back in the NFL does not last long so you can’t blame him if he decides to test the free agent waters in search of more money.
However, Carr’s tweet shows that Carr is all about a Murray return in 2017.