Cowboys counting on soft market for DeMarco Murray

AP

With the Bills willing to pay running back LeSean McCoy $10.25 million for 2015, the Seahawks giving running back Marshawn Lynch $12 million for 2015, and the Vikings begging running back Adrian Peterson to take $12.75 million for 2015, a guy with only four years of service and who set a franchise rushing record can’t get his team to get within even shouting distance of eight figures.

For Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, the market will become more obvious as of Saturday, when the three-day window for legal tampering opens.  The Cowboys are counting on Murray bringing his best offer back to Valley Ranch, and they’re hoping that he’ll take something close to it.

The Cowboys believe Murray’s success flows not from his skill set but from the offense that has been constructed around him, with a stout offensive line, a franchise quarterback, a potential Hall of Fame tight end, and arguably the best receiver in football.  The Cowboys also believe that other teams believe it, too.

But now that Murray has a chance at the market, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT the 2014 NFL rushing leader is intrigued.  With the Cowboys unwilling to give Murray anything significant absent a sawed-off shotgun to the temple, Murray will have an opportunity in the next three days to feel truly wanted.

The fact that Murray hasn’t engaged in any grandstanding about his value doesn’t mean he’ll be passive about his current team’s passive-aggressive approach to his contract.  Quietly proud and deeply principled, Murray may decide that he won’t give the Cowboys a chance to even offer a hometown discount over the best offer he gets from a team that makes him the kind of offer the Cowboys have refused to make.

But who will do it?  The teams mentioned above are committed to making McCoy, Lynch, and Peterson their workhorses.  Many teams now resist riding one guy, which means they wouldn’t be interested in paying Murray to be the main man.

The Giants could be an intriguing option, keeping him in the division and pairing him with Eli Manning.  The Vikings, if Peterson told coach Mike Zimmer and G.M. Rick Spielman that he wants out of Minnesota, would make sense — if they can synchronize a trade for Peterson with the pursuit of Murray.

The Cardinals, 49ers, Colts, Jets, and Raiders also could become intriguing options for Murray, if it becomes widely believed that Murray would really leave Dallas and if those teams want a one-man band at tailback.

To date, no one has believed that Murray would leave, in large part because the Cowboys have been putting out the word that he won’t.  Once the legal tampering period opens, Murray can say plenty via the offers he receives — and with what he does with them come Tuesday.

66 responses to “Cowboys counting on soft market for DeMarco Murray

  1. Do the people who are constantly pointing to what Toby Gerhart got as a free agent as proof of a down market for running backs not realize that Toby Gerhart was a known bum heading into free agency?

  2. I loved Shady but, he wasn’t the RB most thought he was. He took too many loss of yards. The Cowboys were dumb to gamble. Murray is the perfect fit for Philly and a lot of other teams. If the Cowboys think he’ll take several million less. They are about to lose the NFLs currant rushing leader. Yes, the boys have a pro bowl QB and a (imo a first ballet HOF Te) but the window for them is 1 yr maybe 2 if lucky. They should have taken their shot. As an EAGLES fan…I’m glad.

  3. “Quietly proud and deeply principled…”

    Oh yeah, Spray Tan always takes the high road…

  4. Stay in Dallas and have a good career set a couple more records behind a good young O line…. Or chase the money and get cut in 2 years elsewhere? Your choice murray

  5. He will be in Denver.

    Elway knows that the only super bowls he won at his age were due to a great running back.

    Peterson or maurry will be heading to Denver.

  6. Skol here comes peterson and the Vikes….one more year…seattle is worried they can’t get AP and your boy Randall is going to somewhere other than Green Bay. Thanks Chicago for trading your best reciever for nothing. It’s not his problem it’s Jay cutlers. His championship belt from vandy is tarnished.

  7. Please let him get some huge offers. Dallas will then match, for a one hit wonder. Dude has talent but will not stay healthy for long. It was a miracle he played the whole season last year. Won’t happen again.

  8. Predictable. If Dallas would have signed him for even 10m, the bile against them would have been flush with statistics of 370+ carries, historic declining production after, and the many RBs in the draft while implying how stupid the deal was.

    ‘ With the Cowboys unwilling to give Murray anything significant absent a sawed-off shotgun to the temple”
    er… colorful Mike, did we order 2 bottles of wine at dinner?

  9. The Cowboys don’t believe Murray’s success comes from the team around him. What they believe is that instead of breaking the bank, they can get better value by spreading the money they would have spent on Murray on multiple other players.

    I think efforts by Jason Garrett and Tony Romo this offseason to make Murray feel valued illustrate this point. Dallas wants him back, but they won’t overpay to make it happen.

  10. If DALLAS doesn’t find a way to retain him…Romo may never see the light of a Super Bowl appearance. In fact, his career may be short ended when his replacement can’t block worth a damn. MURRAY is efficient in all three phases of the game…He’s a complete RB with a rare combination of elite talent. SIGN HIM JERRY!!

  11. Good guy. I remember when he had a record breaking game with a so so o-line. Murray is average back. But I’m sorry one successful year does not make me pay you top dollar but I would have an incentive based pay day for this guy.

  12. A Demarco Murray and Latvious Murray backfield sounds good to me. I’d much rather have him than Cobb, for roughly the same price, or less.

  13. I really don’t think it was just the o-line. He’s fast, a tough tackle, always falls forward and gets stronger at the end of games. This was the first year they actually committed to the run game and he was great. Murray was the reason for the turn around not Bryant.

  14. If its legal, how can it be tampering? I know tampering is a big deal to us fans, so I am curious. I really wish we could get more stories about tampering.

  15. After seeing that Palmer officially restructured and the Cardinals now have over 20 million freed up going into FA, I think Murray could be a real option. However, if they plan to sign this guy, they better also be committed to at least upgrading that interior line either via FA, draft or both. Because Arians loves running up the middle and that is the weakest part of the oline right now.

  16. just imagine Carson palmer play action fakes to D. Marray, which draws the safeties up to help stop the run on run downs, all the while speedy john Brown makes a double move with the CB biting on play action leaving speedy john Brown streaking down the seem with the all the db’s selling out to stop the run, And with Fitz on the far side and one on one with Brown running free down the middle of the field, Carson dropping the Ball on a dime over the top of the Defense in the waiting arms of Brown in the end zone, GAME OVER !!!!!!!! that would be SCARY !!!!!

  17. I know the Cowboys have a great OLine, but to think that what Murray did, is just because of the OLine and not him is crazy.

    The guy s VERY talented. Vision, explosiveness, top end speed, he can do it all.

    All that said, he has had only one year where he answered the bell every time. He has youth going for him, but I don’t like handing out big money deals to RBs, when you can do it by committee now, or draft a guy like Gurley or Gordon, and have them on a rookie deal.

    I’ll be interested to see where he ends up.

  18. Sorry phllyphan, I’m a birds fan too but no way we trade shady and pick up a pricy hb like Murray in FA. If we wanted to spend on an HB we would have kept The Man. Forget Ingram or spiller too. Chipper is going to draft a RB with one of the few picks he has after he spends all the cap on positional FA’s and a few studs; leaving many draft picks, Foles and demeco for Marriota trade. I’ll say it; I believe in the approach.

  19. If the Browns want to prove they are serious about winning, they would be going after Murray and Randall Cobb, Not Brian Hartline. They probably wouldnt want to sign here, but at least give the effort. These bozos have i think $71 million to spend, start spending it on players that can play because everyone knows the Clowns dont know how to draft.

  20. Eagles Eagles Eagles … all free agents go to the Eagles. And play for free too.

  21. Correction Dallas is HOPING for a soft Market. Lots of mixed signals out there about RBs some cheap w split duties and some workhorses at big $$$$. I think he does want back in Big D but not sure they are willing to pay him enough.

    Its real quandary wanting a quality person player an RK back but not wanting to breathe bank on a RB.

    Much cheaper options will be available but can they perform well. They don’t have to hit Murrays record numbers but Dallas does need to keep its running game efficient and relevant.

  22. Minnesota should send AP and his child-abusing ways packing. I would be disappointed if they brought back such a garbage person when they could grab Murray for far less and without the baggage of being a horrible human being.

  23. Let me get this straight…it wasn’t Murray at all that lead to their success? Except, until they realized that Murray was the answer, that o-line, QB, and TE were perennial 8-8 achievers. Nope. Wasn’t Murray at all. Back to 8-8 you go after Murray leaves.

  24. The Cowboys believe Murray’s success flows not from his skill set but from the offense
    =======================================

    So the Cowboys do not believe his performance is based on his skills. Interesting. Did you invent that yourself or was it an “anonymous source”?

  25. Stuck. If the market is soft for a running back like DeMarco Murray, can you imagine how stuck the Vikings must feel with Peterson?

    He’s a malcontent egomaniac with a persecution complex. That’s a great mix. And they get to grossly overpay him on top of it? How fortunate.

    Yep. They’re stuck.

  26. I know its possible they could go after Murray but why are the Jets, Cardinals, and Niners always brought up as RB landing spots. Ivory, Ellington and Hyde are all legit guys who were just brought in last year to be the lead back. Honestly i feel like the teams are drawn from a hat that are “potential landing spots”

  27. ovan19 says: Mar 7, 2015 1:07 AM

    Stay in Dallas and have a good career set a couple more records behind a good young O line…. Or chase the money and get cut in 2 years elsewhere? Your choice murray
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    You realize this is actually Murray’s CAREER right? It’s not something he does as a hobby. He needs to make as much as possible now in (especially for RBs) a limited amount of time. That money has to set him (and whatever family he has or will have) up for life. In all likelihood, this is Murray’s one real shot at a big contract. By the time his next chance will roll around, everyone will be talking about the magic number for RBs….30.

    Oh, and as good as that O-line is, I think you’re overselling their impact here. Check out Murray’s yards after contact. Pretty impressive. Truth be told, if I were Murray, I’d be a bit insulted by all of this. In the past, JJ has thrown tons of money at players who had done a lot less for the Cowboys than Murray has. Furthermore, while others players are throwing fits, complaining to every reporter they can find, and causing all kinds of turmoil in the locker room, Murray focused on getting things done on the field. When it came time to pay Murray, however, JJ chose to nickel and dime the guy. I’m really starting to hope Murray gets a better offer and never gives the Cowboys a chance to match it. They don’t deserve to keep Murray given the way they’re treating him.

  28. I find it a bit odd that nobody seems to care about his chronic case of fumbling anymore.

  29. One statistic I’d like to see is his yards after contact. A lower number might point to the o-line as the biggest success to the team’s running game and a higher number would obviously help Murray

  30. conormacleod says:
    Mar 7, 2015 7:50 AM
    “Let me get this straight…it wasn’t Murray at all that lead to their success? Except, until they realized that Murray was the answer, that o-line, QB, and TE were perennial 8-8 achievers. Nope. Wasn’t Murray at all. Back to 8-8 you go after Murray leaves.”

    Murray’s 1st 3 years were on those 8-8 teams and he was injured during each of them. It wasn’t until Dallas upgraded the O-line that Murray exploded. Also Murray’s backup, a journeyman at best (Randle) had a better yard per carry than Demarco did (6.7 yards per carry to Demarco’s 4.7).

    I’m not saying Demarco isn’t an awesome RB b/c he is, but the O-line did as least as much Murray did to facilitate their success.

  31. ncheelsboysfan says: Mar 7, 2015 6:59 AM

    Correction Dallas is HOPING for a soft Market. Lots of mixed signals out there about RBs some cheap w split duties and some workhorses at big $$$$. I think he does want back in Big D but not sure they are willing to pay him enough.

    Its real quandary wanting a quality person player an RK back but not wanting to breathe bank on a RB.

    Much cheaper options will be available but can they perform well. They don’t have to hit Murrays record numbers but Dallas does need to keep its running game efficient and relevant.
    _________________________________
    True, but I think the Cowboys are overselling their position. Romo got a lot more dependable after the Cowboys running game got better and more reliable. Romo is a bit more fragile after the back injuries, and that running game takes a lot of heat off of him.

    There’s more to it than that though. I always thought Romo was a better QB than most gave him credit for (hard to say as an Eagles fan). It’s just a matter of understanding what type of QB Romo is. I’d describe Romo as a 2nd tier Favre. Put him on a team with a decent run game and a defense that doesn’t let teams score at will, and you’re set. They’ll mix things up, and they’re capable of making the handful of big plays that will swing the game in their team’s favor.

    Put them in a position where they have to generate pretty much all of the offense themselves, and throw in a defense that means it’s going to be a high scoring game, and they’ll step up to the challenge and take some chances. When that happens, something really good or really bad is going to happen. In Favre’s case (despite a couple of really stand out bad outcomes), there were clearly more good results than bad. In Romo’s case (not always his fault), it’s been more a 50-50 proposition.

  32. Looking at Dallas’ cap situation, they have serious problems now that they franchised Dez Bryant. They are currently only 7.7 million under the cap and not a single roster bonus they can convert to a signing bonus. The cowboys are in a situation now where if they resign Murray, they are done in free agency. Dez being franchised is killing their cap right now.

  33. Kind of funny AD questions the Vikings loyalty and the Cowboys are hoping for soft market so they can screw Murray out of some cash. Vikes were caught in a unique position and really didn’t know how to handle AD situation and are trying to make amends all the while the Cowboys turn their back (for now) on Murray. SKOL!!

  34. The Cowboys offensive line is the most overrated unit in the league. Watch the wildcard game against the Lions, they looked like second stringers against All Pros haha.

  35. bcdc26 says: Mar 7, 2015 9:48 AM

    One statistic I’d like to see is his yards after contact. A lower number might point to the o-line as the biggest success to the team’s running game and a higher number would obviously help Murray
    —————-
    2014:

    Murray 2.5
    Lynch 3.0
    Peterson 1.6

  36. raiderapologist says:
    Mar 7, 2015 11:24 AM
    bcdc26 says: Mar 7, 2015 9:48 AM

    One statistic I’d like to see is his yards after contact. A lower number might point to the o-line as the biggest success to the team’s running game and a higher number would obviously help Murray
    —————-
    2014:

    Murray 2.5
    Lynch 3.0
    Peterson 1.6

    2 0
    –/////////////———————————————–

    ……..peterson didn’t play last year brother so Nice job on your stats!!

  37. I’m not quite sure when the NFL RB position died. This so called “New NFL offences ” which is sweeping the league is as strong as the wildcat. Face it the best teams in the NFL all have a good RB or run game. The Seahawks showed that. Are the Packers as hood w/o Lacy, 49ers w/o Gore, Steelers & Bell, ect. When you have a franchise RB like Murray. You keep him or at least try. Romo and Witten are on the downside. Murray walks..Boys go 7-9.

  38. adriansbabymommainwisco says: Mar 7, 2015 11:50 AM

    raiderapologist says:
    Mar 7, 2015 11:24 AM
    bcdc26 says: Mar 7, 2015 9:48 AM

    One statistic I’d like to see is his yards after contact. A lower number might point to the o-line as the biggest success to the team’s running game and a higher number would obviously help Murray
    —————-
    2014:

    Murray 2.5
    Lynch 3.0
    Peterson 1.6

    2 0
    –/////////////———————————————–

    ……..peterson didn’t play last year brother so Nice job on your stats!!
    ———————–
    Peterson did play one game last year. 21 rushes for 75 yards. Two receptions for 18 yards. Suck on that, brother.

  39. Did you really need to use the sawed off shotgun reference in this day and age of abuse and violence in the NFL?

  40. mindelm42 says:
    Mar 7, 2015 4:37 PM
    Did you really need to use the sawed off shotgun reference in this day and age of abuse and violence in the NFL?

    ****************
    I’m sure the use of the sawed off shotgun reference caused everyone’s day to be ruined. It’s a violent sport, what do you want – a my little pony reference?!?

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