DeMarco Murray on signing with Eagles: ‘It was a little bittersweet’
DeMarco Murray’s decision to leave the Dallas Cowboys and sign with the rival Philadelphia Eagles obviously sent shockwaves throughout the entire NFC East. But to hear it from the running back, it wasn’t without some inner turmoil as well for him personally.
Murray recalled the entire saga that ended up with him leaving Dallas and heading east to Philly during an interview Thursday with Hannah Storm on ESPN’s “Face to Face.” The running back acknowledges that he had an inkling his career-defining 2014 campaign with the Cowboys likely would be his last in the team’s uniform.
“Training camp, there were some discussions with my agents and the Cowboys,” he told Storm. “And they weren’t going too well. There was a point where I was like, you know what, I’m done negotiating. I want to focus on the season.”
And focus he did, rushing for league-leading 1,845 yards on a body-pounding 392 carries. Murray averaged a whopping 7.3 yards per carry and rushed for 13 touchdowns behind the incredibly talented Cowboys offensive line.
The pounding Murray took didn’t scare away Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who invited Murray for a visit after it started to become clear the Cowboys weren’t very interested in keeping him. Murray mentions that the mad scientist Kelly put on a great sales pitch to woo him to the Eagles, including touting the acquisition of Sam Bradford.
The mention of the Eagles’ new quarterback likely sold the running back on signing his five-year, $40-million deal ($21 million guaranteed), as he and Bradford were roommates at Oklahoma.
“Let’s get the deal done,” Murray said. “Whatever it takes, let’s join this team.”
Murray did admit it was nevertheless a difficult decision to sign with the Eagles.
“It was a little bittersweet,” he said, insisting his visit with the Eagles had nothing to do with game-playing with the Cowboys in mind.
Regarding the showdown between his old team and new team in week 2, Murray admitted it’s going to be something.
“It will be strange, I’m sure, and emotions will be high,” Murray said. “It will be a heck of a game.”
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