DeMarco Murray trade reconfirms basic truth about this time of year

AP

Yes, running back DeMarco Murray has been traded by the Eagles to the Titans. Yes, the move comes only days after the Eagles tried to create the impression he’s going nowhere.

I’d love to have him,” coach Doug Pederson said last week at the press conference announcing the two-year contract signed by Eagles quarterback (and former Murray teammate at Oklahoma) Sam Bradford. The next day, executive V.P. of football operations Howie Roseman claimed that Murray would love to stay.

“My last conversation with him was just that,” Roseman said on PFT Live. “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.”

The comments reconfirm the reality that, at this time of year, there’s no reason to believe anything that anyone says publicly. That applies not just to Pederson and Roseman but to everyone connected to any NFL team. Whatever they say at this time of the year is only the truth when it’s coincidental to the broader strategic objectives.

Here, the Eagles’ objective was to find someone who would take Murray’s $7 million fully-guaranteed salary off the books. They’ve accomplished that, and the cap charge for 2014 will be a mere $4 million.

Here’s one more thing to keep in mind. The deal won’t final until the league year opens and both teams provide the proper paperwork to the league. Until then, either can renege. It wouldn’t be wise to do it, but Eagles and Titans technically are allowed to do it.

57 responses to “DeMarco Murray trade reconfirms basic truth about this time of year

  1. The eagles sure love this time of year don’t they. Too bad they didn’t give out Lombards for winning march.

  2. Howie is doing a great job of enhancing the profitability of the franchise for Jeff. All Chip ever cared about was trying to win a Championship for the fans. No wonder Chip got fired.

  3. udkidd- surprisingly not much dead $ from these deals. With the space they already had, plus the space added after counting dead $, Philly still has a bit more than league average in cap room. One thing the Eagles/Howie Roseman ARE actually good at is contracts/salary cap management. Give control to Chip for a year and he hands out CRAZY contracts. Howie is cleaning up the mess…

  4. The dude was a star on the Dallas freaking Cowboys. Rushing champ. A o-line that could make holes for a tractor trailer. He chose to leave that to become a journeyman.

  5. Are you kidding me? All the FA running backs and you don’t sign one of them, but you trade (meaning you give up something other than money, which you have plenty of), who’s best year comes behind a massive OL that the Titans don’t have! HEY TITANS…Spend money on your Offensive Line and Andrews and Sankey and Cobb can do just as well as an over priced RB. No wonder the Titans stay where they’re at……. once again a sad Titans Fan.

  6. They’ve accomplished that, and the cap charge for 2014 will be a mere $4 million.
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    They’re going back two years on cap charges? That must make management a real chore.

  7. What’s the cap hit for 2016?! That’s a solid 2 year typo.

    “They’ve accomplished that, and the cap charge for 2014 will be a mere $4 million”.

  8. Why would a young rebuilding team like the Titans trade for a 28 year old running back who has had only one good season and a huge contract? I hope they didn’t give up too much.

  9. “So I wonder how much 2016 cap the Eagles have in dead money now with all these recent trades today?”

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    $5.2 mil.. It’s almost like there’s this super simple thing called the internet where you can just type stuff in and get a website with the answer. Unless D-Murray’s $13million dead cap gets stuck with the Eagles, which would be very unlikely in a trade since the new CBA..

  10. bobbyhoying says:
    Mar 7, 2016 8:48 PM
    Howie is doing a great job of enhancing the profitability of the franchise for Jeff. All Chip ever cared about was trying to win a Championship for the fans. No wonder Chip got fired.
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    Please tell me you’re joking, or trolling, or both.

  11. The larger part of the audience here and the media itself, is bad at reading limited information and then deductive reasoning.

    I’d love to play poker against you folks.

  12. It doesn’t matter how much dead money we have on the cap, unless you think we were super bowl contenders. We aren’t, and we can assume some cap problems this year to free us up next year.

  13. You don’t have dead money if players are traded. The new team takes on the contract. The previous team May still owe the player some money for the current year in bonuses and such but after they are completely free of the contract.

  14. The deal won’t final until the league year opens and both teams provide the proper paperwork to the league. Until then, either can renege. It wouldn’t be wise to do it, but Eagles and Titans technically are allowed to do it.
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    In order to maintain your credibility, please list the 5 most significant times this has happened. Can’t think of 5? How about 3? No? One? Can you think of one time that,barring a failed physical, a team has backed out of a trade at the last minute?

    So, um, just another case of you making things up to stir up fake controversy?

  15. reapshavoc says:
    Mar 7, 2016 9:29 PM
    You don’t have dead money if players are traded. The new team takes on the contract. The previous team May still owe the player some money for the current year in bonuses and such but after they are completely free of the contract.
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    Signing bonuses are prorated over the life of the contract. When you trade a player, the prorated amount of the signing bonus stays on your cap as dead money.

    Got it?

  16. Runningback is the easiest position to replace, they’re a dime a dozen. If you have a bad line they suck. If you have a great line anybody can do it.

  17. Chip was such a genius with contracts that his bad contacts counted against the cap in years the players weren’t even in Philly. Awesome! #genius

  18. Already the best running back the Titans have had since 2009 (CJ’s second season).

  19. Where are all of the “Kelly is a genius” people? They were everywhere, especially in the press and media. Well….???

  20. When the Eagles thought they were putting one over on the Cowboys for getting a north-south runner to place in an east-west offensive scheme

  21. lol you’re the man, funniest thing I’ve read all day

    jrossizzle says:
    Mar 7, 2016 8:35 PM
    Just trying to keep up.
    So now that Chip is gone-
    Are the Eagles still racist for trading DeMarco?

    160 10

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  22. tim2200 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 8:35 PM
    Philly just got better. Addition by subtraction.

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    That adage doesn’t apply here because the LB core is already weak and the RBs (R.Mathhews/Sproles) can’t effectively carry or split the load.

  23. Why would a young rebuilding team like the Titans trade for a 28 year old running back who has had only one good season and a huge contract? I hope they didn’t give up too much.

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    He’s definitely had more than one “good” season, two seasons rushing for more than 1000 yards (and his rookie year he could have very well surpassed that mark had he not sustained the ankle injury), and in all four of his Dallas seasons he never had his rushing average fall below four yards.

    Good running back, he was just used for the wrong system in Philadelphia last year. The Titans would have to solidify their o-line at the very least for him to put up good numbers. They also ought to hope that the injury bug doesn’t come to haunt them.

  24. Teams should be made to donate dead cap $$ to public schools in their city/state. Such a waste of money

  25. We probably gave a 5th rounder. And for people saying we took that contract we may have for 1 year but the rest has been reworked. We have a good young running back in David Cobb so we just need a 2-3 good seasons from murray. I imagine Mr Mariota is pretty excited about it since our leading rusher last year didn’t evene have 600 yards. We will not have him running sideline to sideline trust me.

  26. Not sure how TEN line was last year, did not see any of there games.

    This could be a big step for them. Mariotta and the read option could really boost both their productions.

  27. Howie is doing a great job of enhancing the profitability of the franchise for Jeff. All Chip ever cared about was trying to win a Championship for the fans. No wonder Chip got fired
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    Yeah,Good Ole Chip,was ALL about winning a Championship LOL!

  28. Murray had one good year and everybody bit. It seems some of you are still biting. This guy is finished.

  29. The comments reconfirm the reality that, at this time of year, there’s no reason to believe anything that anyone says publicly.
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    And if you happen to be commissioner, there is no reason to believe anything he says all year long.

  30. Gee ya think? But everyone listens to everything teams say this time of year. The 49ers are saying they want Kaepernick back. That really means they’re going to draft a QB and they don’t want another team to jump ahead of them to pick “their” QB. So whatever a team says publicly, there’s a better chance that the opposite is true. But don’t we learn that every year? WE sure have short memories. Why else do you think politicians lie so much? They know we’ll forget by next week.

  31. Good for Murray. He’s another year removed from the 392 carries he had during his MVP year. I do think he will have much better success this year. Unless he get’s another 400 carries this year and stays healthy, neither of which will happen, he’s not worth the 7 mill.

    There were so many red flags when Chip signed him it wasn’t even funny. Coming off of 392 carries, made him one of the 2 highest paid RBs in the league to use him in a rotation, and finally using him in an east-west scheme.

    At least both sides can now move on from a disastrous 2015.

  32. jrossizzle says:
    Mar 7, 2016 8:35 PM
    Just trying to keep up.
    So now that Chip is gone-
    Are the Eagles still racist for trading DeMarco?
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    Well, Chip was alleged to be the racist, and they have canned Riley Cooper. So yeah, mixed messages. I guess it all depends on what race the player is that they take with the pick they’re getting.

    (Sarcasm off)

    Seriously though – it will be interesting to see if these allegations follow Chip to Frisco.

  33. “They’re going back two years on cap charges? That must make management a real chore”

    I somehow think that must be a misprint. How can Murray’s contract affect cap charges from before he was even on the team?

  34. When you trade something (or someone), don’t you have to give up something for something?

    This sound more like they shipped him off and that means they gave him away.

    I did not see when compensation Philly got can someone enlighten me?

  35. go to Murray’s player profile and look at both Recent News updates for March 7. That’s sports reporting at its finest

  36. UDKIDD – the EAGLES now have about $14.5M in dead money for 2016.

    this represents about 10% of the entire cap space.

    10%!!!!!!

    source: SPOTRAC

  37. @bangithard

    UDKIDD – the EAGLES now have about $14.5M in dead money for 2016.

    this represents about 10% of the entire cap space.

    10%!!!!!!

    source: SPOTRAC

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    What’s your point Cpt Obvious? They just traded Maxwell ($4.8m), Murray ($4.0m), and cut Cooper ($2.4m), Ryans ($1.0m). Dead money sucks, but that’s the cost of moving high dollar players, which is to be expected when starting over under a new regime. They still have plenty of cap space to work with.

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