DeMarco Murray was the league’s leading rusher in 2014, and he now has a new home. Murray reached out to the Philadelphia Eagles himself on Wednesday to express his desires to play in Chip Kelly’s spread offense and alongside one of his best friends: former roommate and college teammate at Oklahoma, newly acquired QB Sam Bradford.
During Kelly’s press conference on Wednesday, he made it clear that he wasn’t going to overpay for anyone, but the Eagles did. According to ESPN’S Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the Eagles gave Murray a five-year, $42 million deal with $21 million in guaranteed money. Murray was looking for a deal around $8 million a year, and he got more than that.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson, the Cowboys offered Murray a deal worth around $5 million per year. That was before he removed all references to the team on his Twitter account, which probably means he felt disrespected by the offer.
Murray is coming off an incredible 2014 season that saw him get named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed for 1,845 yards and carried the Cowboys to the playoffs. However, there is a huge caution flag hovering over Murray. Dallas overused the running back in 2014 (497 touches), and there’s almost no way that is production will ever reach the season he had in 2014. So a big question now becomes how much more does he have left in the tank?