If Eagles running back DeMarco Murray wants out of Philadelphia, he hasn’t told the guy who runs the team’s football operations.
Appearing on Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Roseman explained that Murray said he wants to stay.
“My last conversation with him was just that,” Roseman said. “That he wants to be here and this is the place he wants to have a tremendous amount of success like he had in Dallas. I think sometimes we forget a year ago at this time he’s coming off the NFL offensive player of the year. I mean that’s a tremendous honor, tremendous accomplishment to be able to do that and we’re not talking about five, six years ago. We’re talking about one year ago.”
That’s right, but the intervening season in Philadelphia was not a good one. It really doesn’t matter, because Murray has a fully-guaranteed salary of $7 million in 2016. Though it has been widely (and inaccurately) reported that Murray’s cap charge for 2016 is $13 million, the actual cap number is $8 million. The Eagles could chop that in half by trading him, and he’d be off the books for 2017.
But it won’t be easy to find a trade partner, especially with $7 million fully guaranteed for 2016 and another $2 million fully guaranteed for 2017.
So Murray would have to be willing to take less to get out of Philadelphia. Which could be reason enough to want to stay.