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DeMarco Murray | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Oklahoma
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Cowboys VP Stephen Jones admitted talks with free agent DeMarco Murray have been "slow," and Murray will make it to the open market.
"[Murray] is probably going to, you know, get some peace and see what's out in the market and then we'll talk and see," Jones said. "I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas." The Cowboys couldn't reach a long-term deal with fellow free agent Dez Bryant and will be forced to tag him this week. Murray's days with Dallas aren't necessarily over, but the 27-year-old should chase the money. Mar 1 - 9:38 AM

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Jerry Jones said he'd prefer to lessen DeMarco Murray's workload if the running back re-signs with Dallas.

The Cowboys repeatedly made allusions to this during the 2014 season as well. But Murray ended up with a franchise record 392 carries because he was so vital to their success -- they just couldn't take the rock out of his hands once in the heat of battle. Backing off workloads from great backs is far easier said than done.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 22 - 8:10 AM

The Cowboys plan to meet with free agent DeMarco Murray's player rep at the Combine.

Executive VP Stephen Jones also refuses to rule out the idea of using the franchise tag on Murray, even though Dez Bryant is the heavy favorite to be tagged. "I would never rule anything out," Jones said. "Who knows what tomorrow brings?" The Cowboys aren't going to tag Murray, but the tea leaves are suggesting he'll end up back in Big D.
Feb 17 - 1:45 PM

SI's Andrew Brandt suspects teams will be scared away by free agent DeMarco Murray's huge workload last season and that Dallas will be able to bring him back on a "team-friendly" contract.

The shelf life for a running back isn't long and there's sure to be wear and tear on Murray after his absurd workload last season (497 touches including the playoffs). Teams rarely give out long-term deals to free agent running backs, a trend that should continue in the wake of recent failures like Ray Rice, Larry Johnson, and Chris Johnson. If Murray finds a colder market than he expects, going back to Dallas at a team-friendly rate may end up being his best option.
Feb 12 - 12:23 PM

Free agent RB DeMarco Murray said "winning a Super Bowl means more than anything."

Murray continues to express a desire to re-sign with the Cowboys, but admits the two sides need to find common ground. Winning may be most important to Murray, but money is a very close second with this likely the only chance Murray will have at getting "paid." We can likely rule out teams like the Titans and Jaguars as contenders to sign Murray. The Colts would be a fun landing spot.
Feb 11 - 8:56 AM

Associated Press named DeMarco Murray its 2014 Offensive Player of the Year.

Murray led the NFL in carries (392), rushing yards (1,845) and touchdowns (13), while his 2,261 yards from scrimmage were 13th most all time. His historic season helped take the Cowboys to their first playoff appearance since 2009. Murray earned 26 first-place votes, ahead of Aaron Rodgers (15), Antonio Brown (5), and Le'Veon Bell (2). Rob Gronkowski and Tony Romo also received votes.
Jan 31 - 8:33 PM

Speaking Thursday, free agent DeMarco Murray laughed off the idea that his monster 2014 was solely the product of the Cowboys' offensive line.

"I would like to see how it goes," Murray said of the Cowboys letting him walk and simply plugging another back in. "I know what I bring to the table." Murray's line was indeed dominant, but he's averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry in three of his four NFL seasons. He's an elite runner, one who won't be easily replaced if he walks, no matter how dominant Dallas' line is.
Jan 29 - 7:47 PM

Free agent DeMarco Murray says he hasn't started thinking about his contract yet, but left open the possibility that he won't be back with the Cowboys.

"You never know what’s going to happen, we’ll see what happens," Murray said in a radio interview. "But all you can do is hope for the best." The early signs suggest Murray will be allowed to walk, but owner/GM Jerry Jones has always been extremely reluctant to part with home-grown talent.
Jan 29 - 2:16 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota believes Joseph Randle will be the Cowboys' starting running back in 2015.

The obvious implication is Machota believes free agent DeMarco Murray will not be back. Owner Jerry Jones said it would be a "challenge" to re-sign both Murray and Dez Bryant, and given the choice Dallas will almost certainly pick Bryant. An aging running back with a long list of injuries, Murray should be after as much guaranteed money as possible this offseason.
Jan 17 - 10:12 AM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones acknowledged it would be a "challenge" to re-sign both DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant for 2015.

Since Bryant is widely expected to remain in Dallas either via the franchise tag or a long-term deal, that makes Murray the odd man out. Murray put the Cowboys on his back in 2014, but has a long injury history, and turns 27 next month. Those are two strikes against a running back, though the situation is obviously different in Murray's case since he just led the league in rushing. Murray will likely reach free agency, but could end up back in Dallas if he doesn't like what he hears on the open market.
Jan 15 - 4:57 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys have had a four-year deal worth "more than" $16 million on the table for impending free agent DeMarco Murray.

As former Rotoworlder Chris Wesseling put it, no wonder Murray hasn't signed. Even in a depressed running back market, that's chump change for a runner who took the league by storm in 2014, putting the Cowboys on his back in the process. At bare minimum, Murray will likely want $16 million guaranteed, not total. Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Arian Foster have all broken the $20 million guaranteed threshold in recent seasons, but it's been a fairly-hard ceiling for running backs.
Jan 13 - 7:12 PM

DeMarco Murray rushed 25 times for 123 yards and a touchdown and caught a five-yard pass in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

The Packers largely held Murray in check until he lost a crucial third-quarter fumble, knocked loose by OLB Julius Peppers. Murray might have gone to the house if not for Peppers' play. It was Murray's first fumble since Week 8, and Peppers' sixth forced fumble of the season. The Cowboys' offensive line took over late in the third quarter, however, and sprung loose Murray down the sideline for a 26-yard sprint, before he dove in from a yard out on the next play to give Dallas a 21-13 lead. It wouldn't be sufficient as Aaron Rodgers engineered a comeback Packers win. Murray wraps up his historic 436-carry season with a rushing touchdown in seven straight games. Due to the massive workload, Murray will be a very interesting case on the free agent market. He slowed down the stretch and turns 27 in February.
Jan 11 - 4:22 PM

DeMarco Murray says his hand hasn't been an issue since he broke it in Week 15.

Murray has been wearing a padded glove, and will do so for Sunday's Divisional Round game in Green Bay. "It’s been good," Murray said Thursday. "It’s a lot better than any other injury I’ve had. ... I’ve worn the same thing, because it feels comfortable for me. I haven’t changed anything." Murray's claim is mostly supported by his production, though he's averaged a pedestrian 3.8 yards per carry across three games after boasting a 4.8 mark heading into Week 16. He's scored three touchdowns in the process, however, and even caught six passes. Green Bay's run defense allowed 4.3 yards per carry in the regular season, and is not an imposing matchup.
Jan 8 - 6:17 PM

DeMarco Murray rushed 19 times for 75 yards and a touchdown and secured 3-of-4 targets for 22 yards in the Cowboys' Wild Card Round win over the Lions.

The Cowboys' run game was largely stuck in mud in the first half, but Murray found a second-half rhythm and contributed chain-moving gains in the final two frames. His one-yard TD plunge narrowed the deficit to 20-14 in the third quarter. Murray wasn't a game breaker in this one, but kept the sticks moving. He will have a better matchup against the Packers in the Divisional Round.
Jan 4 - 7:56 PM

DeMarco Murray rushed 20 times for 100 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 17 win over the Redskins, adding three receptions for an additional 21 yards.

Murray finishes 2014 with 1,845 yards rushing, and having surpassed 100 yards on the ground in 12-of-16 contests. His 2,261 yards from scrimmage are 13th most all time, while his raw rushing total is 17th. Murray's 1,845 yards on the ground are a new Cowboys record. Perhaps most impressively, Murray took the rock 392 times, more than all but six players in NFL history. He'll look to carry the Cowboys to their second playoff victory of the Tony Romo era.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:42:00 PM