- The Saints cut Latavius Murray, a backup running back, on Tuesday.
- According to a report, Murray had refused to take a pay cut from his $3 million salary.
- The timing was especially brutal, as Murray’s salary would have soon become guaranteed.
Veteran running back Latavius Murray is searching for a new team days before the NFL season begins.
The New Orleans Saints cut Murray, 31, their backup running back, on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Acho, a former NFL player and current Fox Sports analyst, noted that the timing was harsh: If Murray, a vested veteran — a player with four years of experience — had been on the roster past 3 p.m. on Tuesday, his salary for 2021 would have become guaranteed.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett reported that Murray had $3.15 million in salary and bonuses for this season.
Here’s the worst part. In the #NFL, employment by Tuesday at 3pm each week guarantees that weeks paycheck.
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) September 8, 2021