Free-agent running back DeMarco Murray will visit the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, according to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. Murray has already reportedly taken visits to the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. The 30-year-old rushed for 659 yards and six touchdowns last year as a member of the Tennessee Titans, but posted 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns the season prior. Miami’s backfield currently features Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake, who handled most of the workload following the midseason trade of Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Really, the 49ers are investing a ton of cash into McKinnon for 2018, hoping he’ll produce in Shanahan’s offense and stick around for the duration of the deal. But if he doesn’t, the 49ers will have wasted a good chunk of cash on a running back who has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry over the last two seasons.
All of that is in the past, because new general manager John Dorsey isn’t willing to accept the Browns’ previous failures and took the immense amount of draft capital and salary-cap space accumulated by his predecessor, Sashi Brown, to make the biggest moves in the trade market and supplemented them with seven free-agent signings (so far).
Cleveland forced the league to pay attention by agreeing to trades for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and defensive back Damarious Randall prior to the start of the new league year.
Landry is a Pro Bowl-caliber performer with more receptions (400) in his first four seasons than any receiver in NFL history. Taylor provides stability at quarterback—which is something the Browns haven’t had since Bernie Koser played for the franchise. Randall, meanwhile, is the teams new starting free safety.
As for a logical landing spot for the 31-year-old Scandrick, ESPN notes the Saints, who were in discussions with the Cowboys at last year’s draft about a potential trade for him, still have a need at cornerback.
It’s pretty easy to see how this one came together: The Chiefs needed a young inside linebacker to replace Derrick Johnson, and the threat of Hitchens going to Indianapolis and reuniting with his former position coach (Matt Eberflus) in Dallas drove up his price.