By Sam Page
March 08, 2016

DeMarco Murray to the Titans

Tomorrow afternoon marks the beginning of the new NFL year, when teams can officially sign and trade for new players. One deal we already know will happen tomorrow is the Eagles trading running back DeMarco Murray to the Titans. Murray signed a five-year, $40 million contract with Philly last year after a 2014 in which he lead the league in rushing yards (1845) and rushing touchdowns (13). But things didn't go according to plan, as he struggled to transition to then-head coach Chip Kelly's offense, rushing for just 702 yards.

Now Kelly is gone, and along with him go many of his biggest acquisitions, including Murray, cornerback Byron Maxwell, and linebacker Kiko Alonso. For the Titans, they have to hope Murray regains form and takes pressure off second-year QB Marcus Mariota. 

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson announced his intention to retire on Tuesday, becoming the most recent in a string of future Hall of Famers to step away from the game this off-season.

While Johnson’s future in the league had been the matter of speculation since the end of the season, it still came as a shock for many around the NFL that one of the top receivers in the game would call it quits at the age of 30.

Below are some of the notable reactions on social media from Johnson’s teammates and players across the NFL. 

Lions WR Calvin Johnson retires

Fade to black.. . #RESPECT

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#respect

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When I signed with the Detroit Lions I met a young man by the name of Calvin Johnson Jr...a humble superstar who spoke with his actions not his words. After watching him during our first practice together I knew I was going to be witness to something very special. In the 4 years I was there I saw him evolve from really good to great to unstoppable. I can only describe it like a Super Hero realizing his Super Powers one day at a time until he realized he was there to save the city. CJ is a man of few words but I knew by how much he loved Detroit and by his work ethic I realized he embraced the responsibility of bringing pride to Michigan which HE DID time & time again. It was a pleasure to watch, honor to play with and joy to kick it wit you bro. You gave the game everything you had in every game you played and out worked every dollar you made. You are one of few shinning examples of how I will not only teach my kids to approach sports but how to approach life. I Never told you in person but this is how I saw you when we played together... ☆You stood like a Giant amongst Boys, toiled like a Peasant amongst Kings and Blessed us with your presence like a God amongst Men☆ You may be Megatron to the masses but you just CJ to me. Enjoy retirement homie! Love, Nate B #LionBloodForever

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Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has re-signed with the Giants on a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Pierre-Paul’s contract is worth $10.5 million. 

Pierre-Paul, 27, sustained serious hand injuries from a fireworks incident last July, resulting in the amputation of his right index finger. 

Pierre-Paul returned to the field for the Giants in October after a lengthy standoff over the status of his hand. He played in eight games in 2015, recording one sack and 26 total tackles. In six NFL seasons, all spent with the Giants, Pierre-Paul has recorded 312 tackles and 43 sacks.

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A first round selection by New York in the 2010 draft out of South Florida, Pierre-Paul was a 2011 first team All-Pro selection and a two-time Pro Bowl honoree.

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