It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles have both had disappointing seasons in 2015. A lot of changes are bound to happen for both teams in the offseason, but one change could be one that is quite familiar to the Cowboys. Rumor has it that running back DeMarco Murray is trying desperately to be cut by the Eagles so that he can make a return to the Cowboys, his old team.
According to the Washington Post, NFL executives apparently think that Murray is trying everything he possibly can to get out of Philadelphia. Murray landed with the Eagles in the offseason after the Cowboys let last year’s NFL leading rusher go.
He got a big deal from Philadelphia, but is said to be rather unhappy, and even went directly to Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie to complain about his role. In the Eagles’ win over the New England Patriots this past Sunday, Murray was in the game for a mere 14 plays.
ESPN reported that Murray touched on his meeting with the Eagles’ owner and said it really wasn’t a big deal. He actually states that everything has gotten blown out of proportion.
“When I signed on that dotted line, I knew I was going to be here for a long time. I’m committed to winning a lot of games here. We’re tied for first place in our division. We’ve got a chance to do some special things here.”
So far this season, Murray has 163 carries for just 569 yards in 11 games. With the Dallas Cowboys, he led the league in rushing in 2014 with 1,845 yards on 392 carries. In 2013, he had 1,121 yards on 217 carries.
Murray continued on to say it wasn’t the first time he sat next to Lurie and wonders why people think he “can’t speak to my boss.”
It was revealed earlier in the week that DeMarco Murray was upset by the lack of carries against the Patriots, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly described the running back as “frustrated.”
There is no doubt that the Dallas Cowboys would welcome DeMarco Murray back with open arms, even though they let him go after the 2014 season. Since his release, they’ve tried running back after running back and haven’t yet been able to find a stable and reliable player.
Dallas started the season with Joseph Randle as their starting running back, but he’s since been released and is not even in the league right now. The Cowboys acquired Christine Michael from the Seattle Seahawks, but did virtually nothing before being waived for Robert Turbin.
Currently, the Cowboys have Darren McFadden as their starting running back and he’s shown flashes of brilliance this season that everyone expected from him throughout his NFL career. He racked up 129 yards in week 11 against the Miami Dolphins, and it resulted in a team win.
The other three of the last four games for the Cowboys, McFadden hasn’t been able to crack 55 yards rushing and some say he has hit a wall. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn’t believe that is the case.
“I don’t notice that at all. I don’t notice him slowing down or not being able to do the things physically that we’re asking him to do. He’s had some good games for us. He’s had some games where he’s been less productive.”
It was looked at as quite strange by a lot of people when the Dallas Cowboys let DeMarco Murray go so easily. Everyone thought the Philadelphia Eagles had landed a prize in free agency, but now things have changed. Murray can’t just leave Philly, if that’s what he really wants to do, but the Cowboys may secretly be hoping the Eagles let him go.
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