The Titans announced their intentions to release running back DeMarco Murray Thursday, when general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement that Murray “was a pro in every facet and we wish him and his family the best moving forward.”
Murray ran for an AFC-leading 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns to make the Pro Bowl in 2016, his first year with the Titans.
He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season as Derrick Henry gradually took a bigger role in the running game.
Murray, 30, dealt with a knee injury late in the year and missed the Titans’ final regular-season game and two playoff contests.
He was due to make a $6.25 million base salary in 2018, and the Titans wanted Henry to take over as their lead running back.
Brady stirs charity buzz
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got a buzz cut for a cancer research institute. Brady was the mystery guest at Thursday’s “Saving by Shaving” annual fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Brady showed off his new look on Instagram after his long, brown hair was shaved down with a razor.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker had his head shaved too.
Granite Telecommunications says 1,200 people participated and it’ll contribute $6.5 million for its fifth annual event.
Probing combine questions
The NFL is investigating whether questions asked to LSU running back Derrius Guice at the combine were inappropriate.
Guice, projected as one of the top running backs in this draft, told Sirius XM Radio that one team asked if he was gay and another club asked if his mother “sells herself.”
While not confirming that it had evidence yet that such questions were asked of Guice, the league released a statement Thursday deploring any such queries.
The Bengals signed defensive tackle Chris Baker to a one-year deal on Thursday, their first free agent acquisition on defense under new coordinator Teryl Austin, formerly of the Lions.
... The 49ers rewarded wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for his career-best season by giving him a three-year contract extension Thursday worth $20.3 million.
... Jarvis Landry is now under contract with the Dolphins, easing the path to a potential trade. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver has reporetdly signed his $16 million, one-year franchise tag.
... The Rams have made another addition to their defense, bringing in former Packers starting cornerback Sam Shields.
Defensive end Owa Odighizuwa, missed all of last season after being cut by New York Giants ,is getting an opportunity to resume his NFL career by signing a one year-contract with the Buffalo Bills.
... The Texans have signed punter Shane Lechler, an 18-year veteran, to a contract extension.
... Former Browns special teams star Josh Cribbs is joining Cleveland’s coaching staff as an intern.