The Dallas Cowboys may not be interested in seeing the return of DeMarco Murray, according to NBC Sports.
Fans remember the divorce earlier this year. DeMarco Murray opted to walk away from the Dallas Cowboys in free agency and joined their hated rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. The running back, who was previously beloved by the fan base because he rushed for enough yards to break an Emmitt Smith record, witnessed several fans burning his jerseys.
The grass on the other side wasn’t actually greener. DeMarco Murray found himself struggling to find a fit within the exotic offensive system that Chip Kelly created with the Oregon Ducks, and is now using with the Philadelphia Eagles. A vertical runner in a horizontal offense seemed like an odd fit from the start. Murray reportedly wants out of Philadelphia.
Once DeMarco Murray left town, the Dallas Cowboys were confident that any running back could produce behind their ultra-talented offensive line. Jerry Jones found out that this was a mistake. No one really captured the starting position. Darren McFadden has done decent, but the Cowboys still yearn for more production from that position.
Put two and two together, and it was easy to see the source of rumors stating that DeMarco Murray would be heading back to the Dallas Cowboys. After all, he was already familiar with the offensive scheme designed by Scott Linehan. Plus, he knows the nuances of Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, and Tyronn Smith, the guys plowing the way.
New reports are now saying that the Dallas Cowboys might not be all that interested in DeMarco Murray. It would be natural for there to be some resentment towards the former Oklahoma Sooners star for walking away, especially after the horrific season that the Cowboys are going through right now. Murray could have been a big help this season.
There is at least one person within the Dallas Cowboys organization that has negative feelings towards DeMarco Murray. The unnamed individual feels that Murray is entitled and selfish. While he did praise DeMarco for being a professional in practice and on the football field, he stated that the 30-year-old running back cares only for himself.
Depending on how important the individual is, that could spell trouble for DeMarco Murray and his desires to return to the Dallas Cowboys. It’s not the end of the road, however. Other NFL teams are surely to be interested in signing Murray.
Regardless of everything that has happened this season, Murray is still just one season removed from being the leading rusher in the NFL. He also did it by beating Le’Veon Bell by nearly 500 yards. The Dallas Cowboys truly do have a great offensive line, but it still requires a good amount of talent to rush for more than 1,800 yards.
Sitting at last place in the NFL in rushing, the Detroit Lions could be an option for DeMarco Murray. Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson would love to have someone that forces the defense to crowd the offensive line and open up the passing lanes. Joique Bell has not proven himself as a starter, and Ameer Abdullah is still young.
The Oakland Raiders might be a desirable spot for DeMarco Murray. The team now has a franchise quarterback in Derek Carr and a franchise wide receiver in Amari Cooper. Michael Crabtree was recently signed to a big contract, so the passing game is already set. That would leave more running room for Murray. Plus, Jack Del Rio is a good NFL coach.
DeMarco Murray might not be able to go home to the Dallas Cowboys, but he will not be homeless in the NFL.
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