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NFL Free agency rumors: Buccaneers linked to DeMarco Murray

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been linked to running bak DeMarco Murray, though not in a very convincing manner.

Murray led the NFL in rushing last year, with a whopping 1,845 yards on a ridiculous 392 carries. That kind of production is great, but that's a lot of wear and tear to put on a person in one year. And it's hard to replicate those numbers, though the Bucs wouldn't necessarily need him to.

I don't buy this, though. Murray is a good player, but he was helped tremendously by the best offensive line in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Bucs had probably the worst line in the NFL last year. Signing Murray won't fix their running game. More than that, the Bucs have a few running backs they feel they can trust in Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Mike James. Murray would be an upgrade over Martin, but is he an upgrade worth the $7 million per year or so he'd take to sign? I doubt it.