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DeMarco Murray | Running Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Oklahoma
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Eagles reporter Sheil Kapadia projects roughly 17 carries per game for DeMarco Murray, nine for Ryan Mathews and two for Darren Sproles this season.
Murray averaged a whopping 24.5 carries per game for Dallas last year on his way to a league-leading 392 rushes. But the Eagles have a high-quality backup in Mathews and Chip Kelly has expressed a desire to spread the ball around a bit more. Murray will also lose a decent amount of passing-down work to Sproles, just like LeSean McCoy did last year. Owners should expect something in the range of 300-320 total touches for DeMarco, way off the 449 he piled up last year. Jun 16 - 9:10 AM

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the Eagles made the LeSean McCoy trade because coach Chip Kelly wanted a one-cut running back.

"[McCoy] wasn’t the style of runner that Chip prefers," said Lurie. "To maximize his power spread offense, he’s always admired the one-cut runners. You’ve gotta let a coach try to bring in the players that fit best what he’s all about to maximize what he’s trying to accomplish." McCoy is an ad-lib runner who dances a little too much trying to turn every run into a big play. DeMarco Murray is the opposite as a premier downhill, one-cut back. He should be a tremendous fit in Kelly's offense as long as he can stay healthy.
Mar 25 - 9:36 AM

A source told the Philadelphia Inquirer the Raiders offered DeMarco Murray significantly more guaranteed money than the Eagles.

Murray gave the Eagles a discount so he could play in Chip Kelly's scheme, stick it to the Cowboys twice a year and avoid the annual train wreck that is the Raiders. He probably did Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie a favor. The Raiders should be building through youth, with exciting running back Latavius Murray a major part of that.
Mar 24 - 9:56 AM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said the Eagles' offer to DeMarco Murray exceeded Jacksonville's final offer by more than $2 million per year.

The Jags were interested in Murray, but only at their price. Caldwell believes they made the reigning rushing champ the best offer before the Eagles surprisingly swooped in with a $40 million contract that includes $21 million guaranteed. Heading into the draft, Jacksonville's running back depth chart reads Denard Robinson, Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson, Bernard Pierce.
Mar 24 - 8:25 AM

SI's Peter King reports the Cowboys had a "soft limit" of $5 million annually on DeMarco Murray, and "never thought" about matching the Eagles' offer.

Murray is getting $8.5 million per season in Philly. Per King, the Cowboys "stretched" to $6 million annually, but that was apparently their limit. Murray will be replaced by a committee in Dallas, one that likely involves a rookie.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 16 - 9:07 AM

Asked about the Eagles' 2015 running back distribution on Thursday, coach Chip Kelly said the plan is to "spread it around."

This plan may have appealed to DeMarco Murray because it could prolong his career. The Eagles have Murray and Ryan Mathews capable of effectively handling early-down work, and Darren Sproles as a mismatch creator on passing downs. In the Eagles' high-volume, fast-tempo offense, Murray should still have a chance to exceed 300 touches. He just won't be nearing 500 again. Mathews could carve out an 8-12 touch-per-game role as the Eagles' No. 2 runner.
Mar 12 - 9:21 PM

Eagles agreed to terms with RB DeMarco Murray on a five-year, $42 million contract.

The deal includes $21 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8.4 million. It's what Murray has been looking for all along, and what Dallas was unwilling/unable to pay. Free agent Ryan Mathews, who was on the verge of signing on the dotted line, now heads back to the open market. Detractors and skeptics will argue that Murray's breakout 2014 was a product of Dallas' dominant offensive line, but Philadelphia's is arguably just as good. Murray was also quite productive before 2014, averaging 4.94 yards per carry. Murray is a more north-south runner than LeSean McCoy, but his 497 2014 touches are a valid concern, as is Murray's injury history. That being said, his ceiling is through the roof in Chip Kelly's offense, even if he'll be catching fewer passes. Dallas will now move forward with Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and likely a draft pick.
Mar 12 - 1:45 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys believe free agent RB DeMarco Murray is signing with the Eagles.

ESPN Dallas reports there is a "significant difference" in the amount of guaranteed money the Eagles and Cowboys are offering. FOX Sports reports the Eagles' offer could "surprise some people with the amount of guaranteed money in there." The Cowboys never treated Murray like a player who carried their team last season, and now they appear to have sent him to a division rival.
Mar 12 - 1:06 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent DeMarco Murray "is expected to" sign with the Eagles.

Which now begs the question of whether Ryan Mathews will back out of his contract. With Murray going to Philly, Mathews will have a much harder time earning built-in incentives. We'll wait to make the Murray deal official until he signs on the dotted line, but the Cowboys appear to be moving on, too. Reports indicate they've begun reaching out to other free agent running backs.
Mar 12 - 12:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent DeMarco Murray is traveling to Philadelphia "with the expectation he will be an Eagle."

Murray will give the Cowboys a chance to rebut, but unless their offer blows him away, you're looking at the next running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. Suddenly, the Sam Bradford trade makes sense. Murray and Bradford are close from their Oklahoma days (they were college roommates) where they played a spread option system similar to the one Chip Kelly wants to run in Philadelphia. It's worth noting that Ryan Mathews has yet to sign his deal with Philadelphia. It would be interesting to see if he pulls a Frank Gore and skips town now that Murray is likely to be the featured back. The Murray sweepstakes has taken the Cowboys/Eagles rivalry to new heights.
Mar 12 - 9:15 AM

Free agent DeMarco Murray will visit the Eagles on Thursday.

Per ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles' interest in Murray "got serious" on Wednesday, even after signing Ryan Mathews. The Jaguars already seem to have dropped out of the Murray running, while the Raiders were likely only included to drive up Murray's price tag. We'd expect Murray's decision to come down to the Eagles or Cowboys. Dallas' offer is $5 million annually.
Mar 11 - 10:22 PM

According to Profootballtalk, "at least one of the teams" pursuing free agent DeMarco Murray believes Murray will end up back in Dallas.

Despite all of the fits Murray has thrown regarding Dallas' contract offer -- reported at $5 million per year -- our expectation has been and will continue to be that he'll return to the Cowboys. He's not going to produce more elsewhere, and we're similarly skeptical Murray would get significantly more money from another team. NFL clubs simply don't break the bank on 27-year-old running backs coming off 500-touch seasons. The Cowboys have not dived into the free agent running back market, which is probably the strongest sign that they too believe there's a good chance Murray stays put.
Mar 11 - 9:27 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DeMarco Murray is expected to make a decision by Wednesday evening, and that the Raiders are believed to be offering the most money.

Oakland, Dallas, Philadelphia and Jacksonville are believed to be the four teams in the running. Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Wednesday afternoon that Murray's "top choice" was to play for the Eagles. Reports have suggested the Cowboys have offered $5 million annually. Re-upping with the Cowboys makes by far the most sense from a football standpoint, but Murray has appeared quite peeved at Dallas' handling of his free agency.
Mar 11 - 8:08 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports free agent DeMarco Murray's "top choice" is to play for the Eagles.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported this afternoon that Murray personally reached out to the Eagles, perhaps with designs on facing the Cowboys twice per year. Murray feels slapped in the face by Dallas, which rode him into the ground in 2014 on a career-threatening workload, before offering him a deal worth just $5 million per year. The level of Philadelphia's interest is not known, but Murray might be willing to go there on a cost-friendly deal to spite the Cowboys.
Mar 11 - 4:43 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Cowboys recently offered free agent DeMarco Murray $5 million per season.

That's $3 million less than Murray is rumored to be seeking per year. In the context of this year's running-back market, it's a fair offer, though it's understandable why Murray is holding out for more. The Cowboys used Murray with no regard for his future last season. He needs to seek top dollar.
Mar 11 - 4:19 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
4Tim Tebow
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3Darren Sproles
4Kenjon Barner
5Raheem Mostert
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Darren Sproles
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
3Miles Austin
4Seyi Ajirotutu
5G.J. Kinne
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Riley Cooper
3Jeff Maehl
4Devante Davis
5Rasheed Bailey
WR31Riley Cooper
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3Trey Burton
4Eric Tomlinson
5Andrew Gleichert
K1Cody Parkey