DeMarco Murray on deal with Eagles: ‘You want something that you deserve’
The Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday introduced DeMarco Murray and the running back wasted no time in pointing out that his team team made him feel wanted, seemingly much more than the Dallas Cowboys did.
Murray signed a five-year, $42 million deal — $21 million guaranteed — in the wake of the Cowboys apparently being unwilling to offer that kind of money to him, something he apparently noticed.
Murray insists signing with the Eagles wasn’t all about the money, it was about respect.
“I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to win a Super Bowl, at the end of the day,” Murray said, via ESPN. “It wasn’t about financial security or anything like that. Obviously, you want something that you deserve, something that is respectful. Those two things are important to me, and I was able to accomplish that. I think the Eagles have a great chance to win a Super Bowl.”
Sources told ESPN’s Todd Archer that the Eagles’ proposed deal topped what the Cowboys offered, which reportedly was a four-year, $24 million deal with $12 million guaranteed.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said all the right things about Murray once the running back departed for Philadelphia and suggested it all came down to money.
Murray’s comments echo what he told ESPN Dallas’ Todd Archer.
“It was never about the money in any situation,” Murray texted to Archer, via Pro Football Talk. “If it was the money, I could’ve taken that a long time ago on a very high deal. It’s about winning a Super Bowl and being fair.”
In the end, what’s done is done, and Murray now is part of the Eagles’ (for now) three-headed backfield — along with Darren Sproles and newly-signed Ryan Mathews (throw in Chris Polk in the mix for good measure, too) — in head coach/mad scientist Chip Kelly’s offensive experiment.
And to hear it from Murray, he is happy with the way things turned out. The running back took to Twitter Friday morning to ingratiate himself to his new fans.
Dallas is in Murray’s rear view mirror now. Onwards and upwards, as the saying goes … with $21 million guaranteed headed his way. And perhaps more importantly to Murray, some deserving respect.
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