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Should the Detroit Lions sign Jonathan Stewart, DeMarco Murray?

Dec 10 2017 Glendale AZ USA Tennessee Titans running back De Marco Murray against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jonathan Stewart Another RB Visiting Lions Monday: Report
Cary Erickson | 13 March, 2018, 06:58

You may have heard late Sunday evening that the Lions are scheduled to host 3x Pro-Bowl running back DeMarco Murray today.

The Seahawks last week had Jonathan Stewart in for a visit, but he did not sign and Stewart also reportedly visited the Lions on Monday.

It's no secret that the Lions have struggled mightily at the running back position for the last handful of years.

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Set to turn 31 later this month, Stewart's lone 1,000-yard season came in 2009, but he came 11 yards shy of reaching that benchmark in 2015. Theo Riddick ran for 286 yards, and Tion Green piled up 165 yards (in 42 attempts).

Stewart, 30, has spent his entire 10-year career with the Carolina Panthers, who took him 13th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.

But the visits of Stewart and Murray indicate that the Seahawks are also looking to add a veteran to the group, and undoubtedly hoping to get someone who would contribute more than did Eddie Lacy, who was Seattle's one veteran free agent tailback addition last season and gained just 179 yards on 69 carries. For his career, he has rushed for a total of 7,318 yards and 51 touchdowns. Much of that production came from Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson being the leading rusher with 586 yards while recording three of their four touchdowns. Their 1,221 rushing yards were an NFL low, and their 3.4 yards-per-carry average tied the Arizona Cardinals for the worst in the league. And the fact they are hosting both Murray and Stewart is proof. Some of those other options are Dion Lewis, Isaiah Crowell, Carlos Hyde, and Doug Martin.