2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Potential Landing Spots for DeMarco Murray

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5 Potential Landing Spots For DeMarco Murray

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With the NFL trade deadline fast approaching, several teams are currently looking to move some of their pieces in order to improve their overall rosters. Teams will have until October 29 at 4 p.m. to make trades. After that, conventional trades will no longer be allowed to occur.

For the Dallas Cowboys, there have been rumblings around the league that they may be looking to trade RB DeMarco Murray. Apparently, the organization no longer believes that he is a franchise-type running back to build an offense around. This change of heart from the team was mostly a result of a never-ending amount of nagging injuries so far in his young career.

If the Cowboys ultimately decide they have had enough and choose to move him, there will be no shortage of teams lining up for his services. For the purposes of this slideshow, I have narrowed it down to the top 5, at least in my opinion, most likely suitors should Murray be dealt at the deadline. The following teams either have mediocre starting running backs or they have suffered several injuries to their starters, resulting in a hole at the position.

If you disagree with any of the teams I am about to outline or you think there is a team that I should have listed that I did not, I would encourage you to express your own opinion regarding the subject in the “comments” section down below. I will start with the Cleveland Browns and why Murray would be a good fit for them.

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5. Cleveland Browns

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The Browns could certainly use a running back right now. With Trent Richardson out of town and Willis McGahee struggling to gain yardage on the ground in recent weeks, it would behoove the team to establish a young back who hits the hole with speed and authority. Murray could be that guy for them. The only question is whether they are happy keeping McGahee as their feature back.

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4. Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins are another team that could be in need of running back help at the deadline. With Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas struggling mightily right now, the team may want to upgrade at the position. Murray would be able to step in as the primary back and could take some pressure off of QB Ryan Tannehill. Murray would be an ideal fit for Miami in my opinion and vice versa.

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3. New York Jets

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As far as the New York Jets are concerned, their personnel is mediocre in a lot of areas. Running back is no exception. While Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory are not horrible running backs, they are not even in the same league as Murray. If he was installed in their offense, the team would not have to rely so heavily on rookie QB Geno Smith, which would benefit all three parties in the long and short term.

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2. Oakland Raiders

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If Darren McFadden could stay healthy, the Oakland Raiders would not need a running back. Unfortunately for them, McFadden continues to miss games year after year, and it's starting to look like he will always be injury-prone. While Murray has the same issues with injuries, it should not stop Oakland from making a trade for the talented back. After all, this is a team that invested a first round draft pick on a kicker in Sebastian Janikowskia while back.

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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A week ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would have been nowhere near any list of mine having to do with trading for a running back. However, with Doug Martin likely done for the season, the Bucs might decide to make a move for Murray as a backup plan. The only argument against it might be that the team is already 0-6 and should not trade assets for a one-year rental player. Either way, it will be interesting to see what level of interest the team has in him in the coming days.


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