Saints cut Latavius ​​Murray after declining pay cut

Saints cut Latavius ​​Murray after declining pay cut

New Orleans parted ways with veteran running back and Tony Jones Jr. is shaping up to take over as backup

The New Orleans Saints they cut the veteran runner Latavius ​​murraythe team announced Tuesday.

The Saints they asked on Monday to Murray to accept a pay cut and refusedsources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

MurrayThe 31-year-old was scheduled to earn $ 3.15 million in salary and bonuses this season. That, combined with the emergence of the undrafted second-year running back. Tony Jones Jr. , led to the decision of the Saints.

Murray had been an excellent companion for the star of the Saints, Alvin kamara, for the past two seasons after he signed a four-year, $ 14.4 million deal in 2019. Murray he had 1,293 rushing yards, 411 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in those two years.

Murray was especially valuable when Kamara he missed two games due to injuries in 2019, gaining at least 150 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns in each game as a three-shot back.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound player began his career with the Raiders and Minnesota Vikings, reaching the Pro Bowl in 2015. He has 4,991 rushing yards, 1,294 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns in his seven-year career. .

Murray initially survived the cuts of the Saints this offseason, when the team had to cut more than $ 110 million to fit under the NFL’s lowered salary cap. However, it seemed to fall behind Jones in team order as training camp and preseason progressed. The Saints they also signed veteran running back Devonta Freeman during camp, though he did not make the 53-man roster.

Jones (5 feet 11 inches tall and 225 pounds) appeared in just one game for the Saints last season as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame, with three carries for 13 yards. However, he led the team with 106 rushing yards and a touchdown in two preseason games, plus six other receptions for 42 yards.

The Saints They also have backfield options with veterans Dwayne Washington, who primarily plays on special teams, and Ty Montgomery, who plays primarily as a receiver.

New orleans officially announced the signing of veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant on the corresponding move Tuesday.

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