Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson is even more shrewd than perhaps first believed.
Not only did he pull off a major trade Monday night to acquire running back DeMarco Murray from the Philadelphia Eagles, what he gave up in return was next to nothing.
Per a league source, Robinson and the Titans only had to swap fourth-round picks with the Eagles in order to take on Murray’s contract, which Robinson immediately reworked to make more cap friendly.
Compensatory picks have not yet been allocated by the NFL, so there is always the chance that the picks traded for each other in the deal will drop by a couple of slots. But currently, the Titans sent the 97th overall pick in the draft to the Eagles for 110th pick and Murray.
Compare that to the price it would have taken for the Titans to land the top available running back in free agency, Doug Martin, whom they had interest in. Martin wound up re-signing with the Tampa Bay Bucs for a reported $37.5 million over five years.
The acquisition of Murray helps to solidify the running back position, which was one of the weakest areas on the roster, for the Titans for the past two seasons.
Murray, despite a down year with the Eagles in which he played his way into then-coach Chip Kelly’s doghouse, is still only 28 years old and is just one year removed from being the NFL’s leading rusher, going for 1,845 yards while still a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. The Titans probably won’t get that type of production out of Murray, but if he can give them about 75 percent of that total, then the deal made to bolster the rushing attack will have been regarded as a major heist for the Titans.