Despite what Eagles running back DeMarco Murray said to reporters on Thursday, the evidence suggests that he’d like to get out of Philly.
There’s a growing feeling that he’d like to return to Dallas.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s “a lot of truth” to the notion that Murray would like to play for the Cowboys again.
A third-round pick of the Cowboys in 2011, Murray set a franchise single-season rushing record with 1,845 yards in 2014. He also was named the league’s offensive player of the year.
Murray signed a five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles when the Cowboys showed lukewarm interest in giving him a big-money deal. After considering the leaked reports of Murray’s comments to owner Jeffrey Lurie regarding the team’s offensive attack and Murray’s belief that Kelly wasn’t honest in the recruitment process along Kelly’s response that quibbled over semantics, it seemed fairly clear that: (1) Murray wants out; and (2) Kelly isn’t going to make it easy for him to get out.
It now seems likely that, if the Eagles ever become inclined to move on from Murray, they’ll try to trade him. With the window for doing so closed until March, the Eagles need to simply get through the rest of the season before trying both to get something in return for Murray — and to find someone who might be willing to pick up his $7 million fully-guaranteed salary in 2016.
While trades within the same division don’t happen often, the Eagles would possibly be willing to send Murray back to Dallas, especially if it would mean not owing him a large chunk of cash next year.