Report: Eagles open to trading unhappy DeMarco Murray

AP

Eagles running back DeMarco Murray was reportedly unhappy playing for Chip Kelly last year. And he reportedly remains unhappy in Philadelphia, even after Kelly was fired and Doug Pederson was hired.

As a result, a trade could be coming.

That’s the word from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who reports that teams are being told that Murray isn’t happy and the Eagles will listen to trade offers.

But the question is this: Just how unhappy is Murray? Unhappy enough that he’d take less money to play elsewhere? Because if he’s not that unhappy, a trade probably isn’t going to happen. The five-year, $40 million contract Murray signed last year calls for him to make a $7 million base salary this season, which it may be hard to convince any team to pay. Cutting Murray would give the Eagles a $13 million dead cap hit this season, which means the Eagles aren’t going to be eager to get rid of him entirely.

Rapoport notes that Murray has an affinity for the Cowboys. But any kind of trade involving Murray would likely be difficult to pull off, and a trade within the NFC East may be even harder.

After winning the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2014 with the Cowboys, Murray had a miserable season in 2015 with the Eagles, gaining just 702 yards on 193 carries and getting largely phased out of the offense as the season wore on.

76 responses to “Report: Eagles open to trading unhappy DeMarco Murray

  1. How does a bag of used balls, a couple of tees, and your choice of some dirty towels or jocks sound? Oh, and you keep paying 40% of that ridiculous contract you gave him… Deal?

  2. Another mess Chip left to clean up…..man I watched what Josh McDaniels did to Denver (Tebow, 1st round pick) & thought he drove that team into the ground…..Chip treated the Eagles like a drunk guy at his fantasy draft…..

  3. I’m sure the Eagles would be happy to let him walk if he gave back the rest of his signing bonus and any guaranteed money left on the deal. If not, then man up and play.

  4. who didnt see this coming? everyone said he was a bad fit for Chips system, and now he’s on the outs. I get going for the money, but if you sign a huge deal and get cut in a year or two, is it really worth more than taking a smaller deal, being successful and getting to see the payout of the full deal?

  5. if the o-line doesn’t block, RB’s ain’t gonna run nowhere. therefore, work on your o-line, the RB’s are just gonna run through.

  6. If he stays in Dallas he could have made more long term than he will make in Philly. After he gets cut in a couple years NO ONE will pay him more than the vet minimum. His money grab was a bad move

  7. eglsfan says:
    Feb 26, 2016 1:25 PM
    Another mess Chip left to clean up…..man I watched what Josh McDaniels did to Denver (Tebow, 1st round pick) & thought he drove that team into the ground…..Chip treated the Eagles like a drunk guy at his fantasy draft…..
    ———————————————————
    As much as I hated McDaniels for what he did, it was because of him that we ended up picking 2nd overall AND getting Von Miller.

    Never thought I’d say this, but thank you Josh!

    So Eagles fans, there may be a silver lining in your time with Chip… you just may have to wait a few years to see it.

  8. Murray looking average had nothing to do with the oline and everything to do either offense. I just don’t get why he remains unhappy if we’re going back to a more traditional offense.

  9. This is incorrect. If they CUT him, they suffer a $13M hit.

    If they TRADE him, it’s a $5M hit ($13M cap hit for accelerated signing bonus MINUS $8M salary [which would go to the trading team]).

    Only other option would be to re-work his deal so that it works for both teams, and that’ a pretty huge complexity.

  10. Raiders are the one team that comes to mind who likes this style of back, and is unhappy with the job done by their current one. Murray’s (and Philly’s) problem is that most of the teams who want a RB with Murray’s style already have one. Because of that, I don’t see any team being dumb enough to offer a trade to Philly to take on that bloated salary.

  11. Bills GM Whaley traded with them in ’14 for Bryce Brown, & ’15 for Lesean McCoy.
    What the heck, might as well make it 3 years in a row trading for a Philly RB.

  12. I say go ahead and trade him for whatever you can get. There should be three really good RB’s coming out in the 2017 draft in Fournette, McCaffrey, and Chubb.

  13. I think this was a line in Christmas Vacation:

    Clark: “It’s a membership to the Chip Kelly trade of the Month Club.”

    Eddie: “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving.”

  14. I love the suckers acting like Demarco just all of a sudden isn’t talented.

    Cut me a break.

    I understand he might lag because of the previous year’s carries, but lets be real. He’s still a player who could lead the league in rushing, , , again.

    I’d package Demarco & our 13th + 3rd for the first two Dallas pics in a second though.

  15. Crybaby ? Okay let’s see, okay Murray you’re a downhill runner. We are gonna put you in a college offense with no imagination. And no lead blocker, hardly any vertical running plays. You’re gonna do great, just watch. Next we are gonna implement the zone read option. And get Tom Brady to run it. See how smart we are. NOT !

  16. Funny how last year all of the comments were about how stupid dallas was for not paying him more than philly did..now all the comments are that he is way over paid and no one would want that contract..gotta give jerry jones credit on not paying a ridiculous amount for murray

  17. “I’d package Demarco & our 13th + 3rd for the first two Dallas pics in a second though.”

    Who the hell would trade a top 5 pick in the first 2 rounds for 2 later picks and an aging rb? Even JJ isn’t that stupid. Jerry shouldn’t trade anything less than a 6th round pick Or late 5th round if they move their picks around.

  18. It will take the Eagles at least a few years to recover from the damage that Chip Kelly did. If only they wouldn’t have “promoted” him to General Manager. If he would have just stuck to coaching, things may have worked out differently.

  19. DeMarco Murray will be two years removed from that MVP type season come September. Nobody thinks he can repeat it, so nobody is going to pay him what he’s due to make with the Eagles this year. They’re stuck with each other for another year, so both sides should just make the best of it. Who knows….it may even work out.

  20. For them to move Demarco, they’d have to throw in a draft pick. Why would anyone want to take a runningback like him (has no real open field moves; injury prone) with a monster salary?

    If he really wants to leave, he needs to rework his contract and take a pay decrease.

    But to move him, I’d start with Dallas; he has the most value there and they still covet him somewhat.

    But the way Zeke Elliot looked at the combine today, Dallas might not be in the market anymore.

  21. leejpc says:
    Feb 26, 2016 1:46 PM

    This is incorrect. If they CUT him, they suffer a $13M hit.

    If they TRADE him, it’s a $5M hit ($13M cap hit for accelerated signing bonus MINUS $8M salary [which would go to the trading team]).

    Only other option would be to re-work his deal so that it works for both teams, and that’ a pretty huge complexity.

    ***********************

    He ain’t reworking that deal

  22. You reap what you sow. He CHOSE this. No pity for a shallow fool who chases the money. The thing is that the money is what he wanted. He got it and is now unhappy somehow. Most fans saw this coming. Dallas got their o-line right and Murray suddenly became a star. Then it went to his head and he thought it was all him and made a power play for extra cash. He got his money, went to a different team and then reverted back to his less than stellar self. The good year in Dallas is the anomaly here and most teams know it. NOBODY will trade for an unproductive malcontent.

  23. I feel a sign and trade coming with the Jets for Wilkerson….Murray and 2nd rd pick for Wilkerson in a sign and trade…….

  24. “Hey everybody, we have a grossly over paid, under performing player, who is unhappy. But he was very good before” Anyone?

  25. Raiders offered him more money. Not sure it really would have worth it for Oakland, but I know Demarco would have touched the ball as much as he would have wanted.

  26. murray is still a good back. he proved that in final week vs ny giants, once Kelly was fired and shurmur coached the final gm.

    murray’s situation last yr was the classic misallocation of resources by kelly. murray is better over the course of a season than Mathews, who can’t stay healthy. wait and see. murray has big yr for eagles next season.

  27. Someone isn’t very familiar with how contracts work in a trade. The dead money for the Eagles would be right around $5 million, not $13 million.

    Not like you’re far off or anything….

  28. First, Ian should stop with his prediction – Al Golden, Cowboys

    2. Murray’s not happy? The EAGLES are not happy.

    Who would want a malcontent making that kind of money?

  29. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says:
    Feb 26, 2016 1:40 PM

    eglsfan says:
    Feb 26, 2016 1:25 PM
    Another mess Chip left to clean up…..man I watched what Josh McDaniels did to Denver (Tebow, 1st round pick) & thought he drove that team into the ground…..Chip treated the Eagles like a drunk guy at his fantasy draft…..
    ———————————————————
    As much as I hated McDaniels for what he did, it was because of him that we ended up picking 2nd overall AND getting Von Miller.

    Never thought I’d say this, but thank you Josh!

    So Eagles fans, there may be a silver lining in your time with Chip… you just may have to wait a few years to see it.

    Nah, someway Howie will screw the pooch. Now you know why we’re the angriest fans you will ever run into. It’s like Fantasy Island here

  30. I was one of the only Cowboy fans who was not that upset when he left. He fumbled way too much ( which actually caused us the Packer loss over Dez catch). And he was always injured besides his CONTRACT year. Later Murray.

  31. Lions need someone like Murray who can run between the tackles, but they also need tackles and players in between who can run block. I think there’s a lot of other teams in that same boat. Better to fix the foundation before investing in flashy wall hangings.

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