The Cowboys bolstered their running game by adding Alfred Morris this week. But they apparently considered giving it a big boost, by adding the guy who led the league in rushing for them two years ago.
Via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys discussed bringing Murray back before the Eagles traded him to the Titans earlier this month.
“You are always looking at opportunities,” Garrett said. “We have a lot of discussions about a lot of players on teams throughout the league. You are always looking to try to bring guys in who can help your football team. In some cases you are more familiar with guys than others because they have been with you. So you look at those opportunities and see if they are realistic. We do that with a lot of different guys.”
Garrett also endorsed the move for the Titans, apparently believing Murray would be closer to the 1,845-yard back they had in 2014 than the 702-yard guy the Eagles couldn’t wait to get rid of.
“He was a really good player for us during his four years with the Cowboys,” Garrett said. “Great respect for him as a player, great respect for him as a man.
“He is going to do a great job in Tennessee. He is going to fit in that system really well. Mike Mularkey is a great coach. It’s a good fit for both the player and the team. We were around him for four years. He was a helluva player and helluva person. He always went about it the right way. I think Tennessee is fortunate to have him.”
Of course, the Cowboys wouldn’t have had to give up much to get him, as the Eagles gained 13 spots in the fourth round for the privilege of unloading him. But then Dallas would have been faced with paying Murray the contract they didn’t want to pay him anyway, which was probably the bulk of the reason they didn’t pursue it more aggressively.