DeMarco Murray Spurns Cowboys, Signs With Eagles

DeMarco Murray Spurns Cowboys Signs Eagles

DeMarco Murray is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles. The now-former Dallas Cowboys running back has spurned their attempts to re-sign him and has moved on to their NFC East rival.

According to Adam Schefter’s Twitter account, Murray is signing with the Eagles for a reported $42 million, $21 of which is guaranteed money.

Murray broke Emmitt Smith’s single season rushing record in 2014 when he rushed for 1,845 yards. But a stout offensive line and the fact that Murray was approaching north of 27 years of age made him expendable. The Cowboys were hoping to re-sign DeMarco but at their price.

All that changed of course, when Frank Gore changed his mind and decided to sign with the Colts instead of the Eagles. As soon as that happened, Chip Kelly, who is being criticized for trading LeSean McCoy to the Bills, turned his attention toward landing DeMarco.

Dallas, meanwhile, was assuming the running back market would have dried up by then and DeMarco would be forced into a taking lesser deal to remain with the Cowboys. That of course, didn’t happen.

The Eagles continue to be active. As reported by Schefter, Ryan Matthews has agreed to a deal with the Eagles as well, making for a potentially crowded backfield alongside Murray and Darren Sproles. Earlier in the day there was some doubt as to whether the Matthews deal was going to happen after the Murray talks heated up. In the end, both Ryan and DeMarco were added.

So where do the Dallas Cowboys turn now? One thing is for certain, behind that stud offensive line, any running back they sign could become the next DeMarco Murray.

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