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

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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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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 😬

  3. 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.

  4. Yet another player that hated Chip.

    Lesean
    Demarco
    Desean
    Peters
    Boykin
    Bradford
    Marlin

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. “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….

  10. 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.

  11. “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?

  12. 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???

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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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