Free-agent running back DeMarco Murray said he has played his last down.
Only days after saying he hoped to latch on with a team before the start of training camp, Murray announced on Friday on ESPN’s “NFL Live” that he is retiring at age 30.
“I’ve decided to retire from the game of football,” Murray said. “It’s been great. It’s been a great seven years of my career. Been very blessed. I’ve had the coaching staffs and the players and the teammates that I’ve been fortunate enough to play for the last seven years. It’s been a long time thinking (about it). The last year or two, physically, mentally and emotionally, I think it’s time for me to hang it up.
“As hard as it is, like I said the fans have been great. I had a lot of great games and a lot of great teammates. It’s bittersweet, but I think it’s the right timing for myself and my family moving forward.”
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Murray was named the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for a league-best 1,845 yards with the Dallas Cowboys.
Murray was released by the Tennessee Titans in March following an injury-plagued season in which he recorded career lows for rushing yards (659) and yards per carry (3.6) despite starting 15 games.
Murray reportedly visited the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions following his release by the Titans. He declined an opportunity to work out for the New Orleans Saints last month.
Although he was inactive for Tennessee’s two playoff games last season because of a knee injury, Murray told ESPN’s Adam Schefter earlier this week that he is healthy and had been in discussions with four or five teams.
A third-round draft pick of Dallas in 2011, Murray rushed for more than 1,000 yards three times in his seven seasons.
Murray was traded to Philadelphia following his career-best year in 2014 and his production dipped to 702 yards on 193 carries with the Eagles in 2015 before bouncing back with Tennessee in 2016, when he gained 1,287 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
Murray walks away from the NFL one shy of 100 regular-season games. He rushed 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns with the Cowboys, Eagles and Titans. He also had 307 receptions and six scores.