Report: DeMarco Murray trying to leverage way back to Cowboys
A theory being floated in NFL circles is that DeMarco Murray is unhappy with is current situation and is attempting to leverage his release from the Philadelphia Eagles and an ultimate reunion with the Dallas Cowboys.
Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole reports several NFL executives suspect Murray is sowing discontent and dysfunction — such as speaking with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, reportedly — over Chip Kelly’s use of him in the offense — as a way to orchestrate his exodus out of Philadelphia.
“In talking to multiple NFL executives what they believe about the story of DeMarco Murray going to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to complain about coach Chip Kelly and supposed broken promises is they believe this is that Murray is trying to get out of Philadelphia and ultimately return to the Dallas Cowboys,” Cole reports, as transcribed by NJ.com.
“Murray has found out this season that he doesn’t fit with the Eagles, just like Kelly has found out that Murray does not fit with the Eagles and they’re offensive scheme,” Cole continues. “He did fit with the Dallas’ offensive scheme; a more physical and downhill approach to blocking.”
Cole notes that the five-year, $42 million deal Murray signed with the Eagles makes a potential trade to the Cowboys unfeasible. So the only way Murray could somehow end up back in Dallas next season is if Philadelphia were to outright release him.
But that scenario doesn’t play out well for the Eagles, either, given the team’s cap hit for Murray in 2016 is $13 million.
Either way, Murray’s tenure with the Eagles has been an utter disaster. He has only 569 yards rushing on 163 carries this season for a 3.5 yard average, a substantial drop from his productivity during his years with the Cowboys.
While the notion of Murray getting back with the Cowboys — and the Eagles cutting him lose to effectuate the move — there are far too many moving parts to believe such a reunion can possibly happen.
But anytime Jerry Jones is involved, anything is possible.