The Dallas Cowboys obviously didn’t have a good season in 2015, and that is due to numerous injuries and countless other issues. Former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray did not have a good 2015 season either, and it was his first year with the Philadelphia Eagles. The two have something in common and rumors are swirling that Murray wants out of Philly and wants to head back to Dallas, but some work would need to be done.
Last season, Murray rushed for just 702 yards which was the second lowest total of his career. His lowest season total was 663 yards in 2012 when his season was shortened due to injuries. In 2015, Murray had just 39 yards more, but played in five more games than in 2012 and also had 32 more carries.
This is one year removed from being the NFL’s leading rusher.
There were rumors back in December that DeMarco Murray was attempting to get traded by the Eagles to the Cowboys, or even hoping to get cut by Philadelphia. That is something that some found hard to believe, but NFL.com is now reporting that Murray is indeed unhappy with the Eagles.
This news comes even after the Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly and hired Doug Pederson to replace him.
DeMarco Murray has four years left on the five-year contract he signed with the Eagles, and it was a deal for $40 million with $9 million guaranteed. If the Eagles cut him before June 1, it would cost the team $13 million against the salary cap.
That may be something that keeps them from parting ways with Murray unless it is in a trade. If a trade were to happen, there are certainly some within the Dallas Cowboys organization who would welcome the running back’s return.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) February 4, 2016
Yes, that is Cowboys’ All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeting to his current teammates Jason Witten and Tony Romo to “come on home.” Interestling enough though, he also included former teammate Murray in that tweet.
Despite the reports that DeMarco Murray isn’t happy with the Eagles, ESPN reports that Murray is only looking forward to returning to work for Philadelphia.
“I do. Last year is the last impression I want to leave in my mouth and for the fans and my family. I take football very, very seriously. It’s my life. I love it, besides my family and my faith. Those are things I never want to leave off on a note like I did last year. So I’m working tremendously hard to try to improve from an individual standpoingt and a team standopiont as well.”
For now, the rumors may be much of nothing, but only time will tell. It was a proven fact that Murray found it “hard to get comfortable” in the offensive scheme put in place by Chip Kelly. Maybe Kelly being gone will result in Murray having a better role in 2016 and going back to the way he used to play.
In order to justify the contract he was given, the Eagles certainly hope that is going to be the case.
Now, Bryant isn’t the only Dallas Cowboys’ player that would love to see DeMarco Murray back on the team. According to Fox’s At The Buzzer, Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams also said that it’d be great to have 2014’s leading rusher in Dallas.
“A hundred percent, I do. He’s just one of those runners that you can give him the ball 40 times a game, and be satisfied with it because he’ll get you yards and yards and yards and yards.”
Well, now that’s two key players for the Dallas Cowboys who have publicly stated that they’d love to see DeMarco Murray return to the team. The Cowboys currently have Darren McFadden, the number four rusher in the NFL in 2015, and have also been reportedly connected to Marshawn Lynch, but that isn’t confirmed.
At the present time, DeMarco Murray is being seen as the starting running back for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. Reports are that he is unhappy and wants out and back to the Dallas Cowboys where he’d be met with open arms. For now, things are staying as they are, but a lot will likely be known by the NFL Draft and roster bonus time in June.
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