DeMarco Murray reportedly hasn’t heard from Cowboys since last week
DeMarco Murray’s prolific run with the Dallas Cowboys may be nearing its end. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team and the running back have not spoken since last week, according to sources.
Things have taken such an apparent turn for the worse that Murray removed any mention of the Cowboys from his Twitter account and bio.
While Murray’s removal of Cowboys mentions hardly should be considered anything more than a possible act of frustration, it is nevertheless telling — in a purely speculative manner — especially in light of how the team arguably low-balled Murray with a four-year, $16 million contract offer in January.
With all that in mind, Murray will be a hot commodity on the free agent market. When the Cowboys decided to use its franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant instead of the Murray, it appears — especially in light of the reported silence between the parties — that the team is unwilling to commit big money to the running back, who is entering his fifth NFL season.
Despite the Cowboys’ apparent disinterest in signing the 27-year-old back, his productivity in the backfield cannot be questioned, in particular in the past two seasons, when he rushed for 1,121 yards in 2013 and led the NFL with 1,845 yards — a franchise record — in 2014. His campaign last season, bolstered by 13 rushing touchdowns to go along with 57 catches for 416 yards, garnered Murray the NFL’s offensive player of the year award.
Murray obviously will be the most coveted running back in the free agent market, but his true value and ultimate landing spot may not be determined until the uncertain future of Adrian Peterson plays out. With several teams reportedly interested in either Peterson or Murray — or even both — the dominoes may not start falling until it’s determined where Peterson lands.
Teams can officially begin to sign free agents as of 4 ET Tuesday, so Murray’s future likely will become much clearer in the coming days. But if his Cowboys-related social media scrub is any indication, perhaps even Murray can read the writing on the wall and realizes his time in Dallas probably is at its end.
Given Schefter’s report, the Cowboys may feel the same way.
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