If the Lions want to add a running back to compete with Ameer Abdullah for priority carries, Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders) is at the top of my list. At only 26, Murray has a nasty combination of power and speed to his game. There aren’t many 6’3″ 230 pound players who run a 4.38 in the world, so he is likely to command a high salary. It could be as high as $6.6 million per year, according to Spotrac.com’s Market Value prediction.
There are mixed reports on if Oakland is willing to re-sign him, but if he hits the open market it won’t just be Detroit looking to add his talent. $6.6 million may be too rich for the Lions, but he would be an ideal player to add to Detroit’s backfield.
LeGarrette Blount (New England) is another popular name linked to the Lions because of their need for a power back and his ties to Bob Quinn. But he seems very happy in Foxboro and I’d be surprised if he left. Spotrac estimates a Market Value of $4.3 million, but he would likely give Bill Belichick a hometown discount.
Rashad Jennings was recently released by the New York Giants and if the Lions are interested in adding a veteran he could be a guy they kick the tires on. Jennings will be 32 years old entering next season but can be used as a complementary piece, as likely a second or third running back on his next team per Rotoworld.