METAIRIE, La. - The New Orleans Saints are parting ways with veteran running back Latavius Murray, according to the NFL's transaction wire.
The Saints reportedly wanted to reduce Murray's salary for the 2021 season, and he declined to do so, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Murray was set to make a base salary of $2.95 million for the 2021 season, and had already earned $200,000 in bonuses. Releasing Murray saves approximately $2.3 million against the salary cap for 2021, and the Saints won't have to pay out the $200,000-per game roster bonuses. Because he had two seasons left on his deal, Murray will also count against the cap by $850,000 in 2022.
Murray told Josina Anderson of USA Today that he is "willing to discuss an opportunity with anyone interested," and added that he knows that the Baltimore Ravens would be a potential landing spot due to injuries to their backfield.
"I just want to get to work," Murray said to Anderson.
Murray had been with the Saints for the last two seasons, tallying 1,293 yards rushing on 292 carries and 411 yards receiving on 57 catches. In 2020, Murray averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch — both near season-high averages for the eighth-year veteran.
In total, Murray has played in 108 games over seven seasons for the Oakland Raiders (2014-16), Minnesota Vikings (2017-18) and New Orleans (2019-20) and has amassed 4,991 yards rushing on 1,191 carries with 43 rushing scores. In the receiving game, he has recorded 1,294 yards on 185 catches.
With Murray out of the picture, the Saints' No. 2 running back is Tony Jones Jr., a second-year running back out of Notre Dame who spent the 2020 season on the Saints' practice squad. The full running back room is Alvin Kamara, Jones, special teams leader Dwayne Washington and fullback Adam Prentice.