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DeMarco Murray was “95-percent sure” he’d return to the Cowboys

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 09: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Tennessee Titans rushes during a game against the Miami Dolphins on October 9, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

During and after last year’s failed experiment in Philadelphia, rumors and reports persisted that running back DeMarco Murray wanted to return to the Cowboys.

Murray himself now makes it clear how close those rumors and reports were to coming to fruition.

It was like 95 percent sure I was going to come back there,” Murray told Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I have a lot of respect for those guys. . . . I still consider them a great franchise, and they’re great friends of mine.”

On various occasions over the years, applying a 95-percent certainty to a potential NFL development means it will never happen. That’s exactly what happened for Murray, who was traded to the Titans.

“I was very close to going back there,” Murray said. “There were some things that fell through and just didn’t happen. I think everything happens for a reason. I’m here, and I’m supposed to be here. They’ve got a pretty good young back over there [in Dallas] as well.”

Of course, the Cowboys wouldn’t have used the fourth overall pick on Ezekiel Elliott if they’d brought Murray back to Dallas. Which would have reshuffled the deck in round one of the draft, and possibly beyond.

Regardless of where Murray ended up, he made it clear to the Eagles that he wanted out of Philadelphia.

“My heart just wasn’t there,” Murray said. “I felt it was a situation where I needed a fresh start, and I was granted that by Howie [Roseman] and Jeffery [Lurie], who is a great guy. Really good people. I was fortunate to have that relationship with them, so I could tell them, ‘This is where it is. I think it would be best for both sides if I find a new home.'”

Murray thought his new home would be his old home. Instead, he has gotten yet another new home — and it’s gone well so far, with 461 rushing yards in five games, and an average of 5.0 yards per carry.

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32 Responses to “DeMarco Murray was “95-percent sure” he’d return to the Cowboys”
  1. regassert6 says: Oct 15, 2016 11:38 AM

    Screw this guy. His heart was there after he took our money? He’s a soft, weak, punk.

  2. kurdishpats1 says: Oct 15, 2016 11:44 AM

    @ regassert6

    How much of YOUR money did he take?

    Thought so.

  3. jackedupboonie says: Oct 15, 2016 11:48 AM

    Dallas wanted a real star. One that gets on the field each week. Can’t have a Porsche when you drive on logging roads.

  4. 4onafloor says: Oct 15, 2016 11:52 AM

    Doesn’t look too soft in Tennessee, they appear to know how to play to his strengths.

  5. voiceofrealism says: Oct 15, 2016 11:56 AM

    Who gives a damn at this point. Rumor has it Dez Bryant thought his tire was low. Geez.

  6. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 15, 2016 11:57 AM

    They didnt use him right, as shown by the plays he is asked to run in Tennessee. At least he didnt call Chip a racist for his failures. Chip just thinks his system shouldnt be adjusted, making Murray run from the gun instead of with the qb under center is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

  7. jovan19 says: Oct 15, 2016 12:09 PM

    He never wanted to leave Dallas in the first place.

  8. seahawks19081 says: Oct 15, 2016 12:15 PM

    Eagles stink on ice!!!

  9. ericn42000 says: Oct 15, 2016 12:18 PM

    You should have never left in the first place DeMarco! I really enjoyed what you did in Dallas , but you made that choice and now Zeke is the man in Dallas, sorry bro. Good luck the rest of your career in Tennessee 😬

  10. folkcrusader says: Oct 15, 2016 12:19 PM

    He has some serious skill as a runner, but he really needs a power running game where he is running down hill. Philly was not a good system for him.

  11. VondyP says: Oct 15, 2016 12:19 PM

    Thanks for the great player for a swap of 4ths, iggles. (morons)

  12. skoobyfl says: Oct 15, 2016 12:32 PM

    This is so deep, I’m going to cry.

  13. woodson28 says: Oct 15, 2016 12:36 PM

    At the time I wanted him back and to draft Ramsey in the first. Now with the way things have turned out I’m happy that he is doing well but I’m also happy that we got Zeke.

  14. gonzagylot00 says: Oct 15, 2016 12:51 PM

    Yet another player that hated Chip.

    Lesean
    Demarco
    Desean
    Peters
    Boykin
    Bradford
    Marlin

    That dope really needs to go back to the college ranks.

  15. sportnorcal says: Oct 15, 2016 12:51 PM

    It’s pretty revealing that you would need a “fresh start” after one season somewhere.

  16. bmack1224 says: Oct 15, 2016 1:03 PM

    Lol. Demarco if Jerry wanted you back you would have a Star on ya helmet Rt now.

  17. famundacheese says: Oct 15, 2016 1:04 PM

    7 wins in your last 37 games and the eagles are morons. Priceless!!!!!

  18. ace8842 says: Oct 15, 2016 1:08 PM

    As an Eagle fan, I blame Chip Kelly almost 100%. He ran Murray on slow developing sweeps to the outside that were not his strength. The QB could not audible either and defenses seemed to know what was coming.

  19. montango says: Oct 15, 2016 1:11 PM

    ^ no…just needed to get out of philly

  20. abninf says: Oct 15, 2016 1:57 PM

    You could have stayed. It was your choice. The team has a salary cap they have to follow.

    Did you really think you would be a star in a Chip Kelly system? Now you’re stuck on….. the Titans? There’s more Cowboys fans there than Titans fans.

  21. suncawy says: Oct 15, 2016 2:07 PM

    Well, seeing how Ezekiel is playing, the Cowboys probably like have him over Murray. Zeke is faster and younger than Murray, so it all worked out.

  22. sportoficionado says: Oct 15, 2016 2:12 PM

    best bet for Demarco would have been to sign the contract that was offered to him in Dallas, prior to departing for more money in phillthy. After that, there was 0% chance of him returning, Cowboys never had interest to bring him back–as most teams do, they use the Cowboys name to leverage other teams. Good for him (and his football future) that he finally came to his senses and left that dump via trade though, quality back–just not too bright.

  23. xmatt0926x says: Oct 15, 2016 2:30 PM

    “VondyP says:
    Oct 15, 2016 12:19 PM
    Thanks for the great player for a swap of 4ths, iggles. (morons)”

    Uhh….the picks that were traded were absolutely meaningless. The Eagles could have received a bag of balls and it would have worked out. They wanted out of that contract. The player wanted out. End of story.

    DeMarco also added to the clear evidence that Chip Kelly is a total fraud. I would guess his “system” works with Oregon where you have a million top players and you’re playing most games against vastly inferior opponents. Kelly also couldn’t get out of the way of his own ego and arrogance while releasing every Eagles player with talent and almost burying a franchise for years.

    In the end DeMarco got out, the Eagles got rid of that awful contract, the Eagles are quickly relevant again. Tennessee???? They have a good runner to spend a couple years grinding it out and ravaging his body for a losing team. Other than that….

  24. onebuffalove716 says: Oct 15, 2016 3:08 PM

    Oct 15, 2016 11:44 AM

    @ regassert6

    How much of YOUR money did he take?

    Thought so.

    that’s no different than when you say ‘my team’. remember that the next time you mention ‘my team’.

    thought so.

  25. yerdumb says: Oct 15, 2016 3:38 PM

    “DeMarco also added to the clear evidence that Chip Kelly is a total fraud. I would guess his “system” works with Oregon where you have a million top players and you’re playing most games against vastly inferior opponents. Kelly also couldn’t get out of the way of his own ego and arrogance while releasing every Eagles player with talent and almost burying a franchise for years.”

    Yet the Iggles fan base screamed GENIUS for 2 years….So if Chip is a Genius, how dumb are the fans?

  26. cav2ya says: Oct 15, 2016 4:55 PM

    Demarco isn’t a bad guy, he went for the money, as would any of us.
    the real problem was Chip Kelly. WHo, lke stated above, got rid of all the great talent Andy Ried assembled. thinking he could just plug in any players to his system.
    Don’t believe it? how’s San Fran working out this year???

  27. ckudrick says: Oct 15, 2016 5:06 PM

    VondyP says:
    Oct 15, 2016 12:19 PM
    Thanks for the great player for a swap of 4ths, iggles. (morons)

    You’re welcome! That pick (and the offloading of the contract) helped us trade up for Wentz.

  28. justsayin70 says: Oct 15, 2016 6:51 PM

    One thing is for sure, DeMarco sucks at math.

  29. cowboy2016 says: Oct 15, 2016 7:24 PM

    It’s not like he was Tony Dorsett or Emmitt Smith. He had one great season. Sheesh.

  30. oilers1974 says: Oct 15, 2016 7:43 PM

    regassert6 says:
    Oct 15, 2016 11:38 AM
    Screw this guy. His heart was there after he took our money? He’s a soft, weak, punk.

    I get you reading this and responding at face value that he is/was a hired gun; that would be the typical Eagle way. I do not believe that he meant that; his statement revolved around the system and use (or lack thereof) of his talents. He has never been a poison to any locker-room; anything but. There is room to criticize, holding onto the ball/fumbles etc but his professionalism is beyond approach. What happened in Philadelphia is their fault, not his and any suggestion otherwise is uniformed or ignorant- period.

  31. steves11 says: Oct 15, 2016 7:51 PM

    As if often said, things ultimately work out as they’re supposed to.

  32. faithful49er707 says: Oct 15, 2016 9:01 PM

    cav2ya says:
    Oct 15, 2016 4:55 PM
    Demarco isn’t a bad guy, he went for the money, as would any of us.
    the real problem was Chip Kelly. WHo, lke stated above, got rid of all the great talent Andy Ried assembled. thinking he could just plug in any players to his system.
    Don’t believe it? how’s San Fran working out this year???

    The 9ERS are young and are not a very talented roster. Hence Kelly’s record in SF this year. I wouldn’t put it on Kelly this season.

    Yea he got rid of some of Philly’s best players but only because D-Jax was a diva and wouldn’t buy into his coaching program and McCoy has the propensity to dance in the backfield. Kelly wants his Rb’s to go north and south. Not saying it was a smart move but just stating the reasons he came to those decisions.

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