Jags, Murray currently “not likely,” but could change

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As running back DeMarco Murray tries to parlay an NFL-leading 1,845 rushing yards into a new contract, various teams are interested.  But not yet at the compensation level Murray desires.

The Raiders are involved, and the Cowboys would like to keep Murray around, on their terms.  The Jaguars also are interested.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s currently “not likely” that Murray will join the Jaguars.  But that could change.

It could change, apparently, if Murray agrees to take less than he wants, or if the Jaguars agree to pay more than they’re willing to pay.

It’s not known what Murray wants or what he could get.  Given the rest of the running back market, $8 million annually with $20 million guaranteed could be a reasonable target.

34 responses to “Jags, Murray currently “not likely,” but could change

  1. There is no way Murray is getting $8M a year at this point. No freaking way.

    Jerry Jones is waiting to come in and give him a Mark Ingram-like contract, that Ingram just got for re-signing with the Saints: good money but not back-breaking.

    The longer this holds out, the more it’s in favor of Jones. And who would have ever thought Jerry Jones would look like the smartest person in the room?

  2. Considering what the Bills are paying McCoy, if I were the Jags I would jump on this in a heartbeat! It’s a good offer without overpaying for a top 5 RB.

    Watch out for the Jags this season, just saying.

  3. its funny to me how RBs are usually the best and most important players on their teams, from grade school, to high school, and through college. Then they get to the NFL and kickers are making more than most of them

    #PrayForRbs

  4. Lead the league in rushing and still a free agent. Wow. I don’t even hear about him visiting teams. All I’ve heard is what teams might like to have him.

  5. Wow if Jags sign Murray they should be much improved for 6-8 weeks next year and by then Murray and Julius Thomas will probably be injured. If Julius gets a hang nail he will shut things down for the rest of the season.

  6. @natureboy123,
    “The longer this holds out, the more it’s in favor of Jones. And who would have ever thought Jerry Jones would look like the smartest person in the room?”

    Jerry Jones is a lot smarter than most give credit for. It is convenient to hate him given he is billionaire and loves the press attention (who will oblige him every time).

    He spent $150 million on the team that is now worth $3.2 billion. You don’t achieve that being stupid. He is a master marketer. And btw, he has 3 SB rings as well – 3 more reasons the haters will hate.

  7. If $8M is all it takes and Dallas said they’d go as high as $7M, you sign him and he stays. No sense in going to a sub-.500 team with no line, no QB and no real receivers.

  8. natureboy123 says:
    Mar 11, 2015 11:03 AM

    There is no way Murray is getting $8M a year at this point. No freaking way.

    Jerry Jones is waiting to come in and give him a Mark Ingram-like contract, that Ingram just got for re-signing with the Saints: good money but not back-breaking.

    The longer this holds out, the more it’s in favor of Jones. And who would have ever thought Jerry Jones would look like the smartest person in the room?
    —————
    His son is in charge of the contracts now. That’s the major difference. He’s the defacto GM. Jerrah just writes the checks and is in the public now.

  9. Spray tan missed 11 games his first 3 seasons. If he wasn’t in a contract year, he’d have missed 2-3 more last year when he broke his hand.

  10. I think both Dallas and Murray are waiting to see what happens regarding Peterson.

    If Peterson is traded, the Vikings become an immediate possible destination for Murray, especially since the most likely place Peterson would land is Dallas and with Peterson gone, they have the $$ and cap room.

  11. mnvikingsfan says:
    Mar 11, 2015 11:16 AM
    I think both Dallas and Murray are waiting to see what happens regarding Peterson.

    If Peterson is traded, the Vikings become an immediate possible destination for Murray, especially since the most likely place Peterson would land is Dallas and with Peterson gone, they have the $$ and cap room.

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    Pretty sure its the complete opposite… Vikes are waiting on Murray because Dallas is the only team dumb enough to give a 1st or 2nd rounder for AP. If Murray leaves, they trade for AP. If he stays, AP stays in MN because nobody will give the Vikings anything close to the value AP should warrant in return.

  12. 8 mil. Ain’t happenin pft…I can see uncle jerry going 6 on a 5yr. Deal..that would be stretching from his “range” more than they truly wish to offer.

  13. Murray is most definitely wrth more..most complete back in league.!!True 3 down player..just lacks that final gear for the home run, but makes up for that with success on those “dirty yards”!…again 6mil. And stretch an extra year to 5….25mil.of it is guaranteed and Murray will come home!

  14. Jags have already been overpaying for their FA’s. They have money to burn, I’m suprised this deal isn’t done already.

  15. Football operates in cycles. One day running backs will be relevant again when teams load up on DBs and cover linebackers instead of run stoppers.

  16. @44yrfaith – you don’t give 25M guaranteed money to a guy that can’t stay healthy.

    There is a reason the Cowboys are carrying $13M of dead money on this year’s cap. It is poor decisions like the one made.

  17. listen, I like Murray, but I hope he walks…. He is tough, no doubt but that plus his running style (running straight up) equals alot of potential damage and he benefited from one of the most DOMINANT offensive lines in the league. If I’m Esteban Jones, I let him walk and hope and pray Todd Gurley makes it past #26 (Baltimore)…. That is what the Cowboys brass should be thinking…..

  18. Other than Bortles, Jaguars have stuck to the plan that Caldwell and Bradley set from day one. Have a couple of good drafts, and bring in some veteran fa’s while drafted players develop, and make Jacksonville a desirable destination to sign. Dave and Gus have changed the culture and I believe success will come sooner than later. Khan is a self made man with vision for not only the team, but for the city. Good things are in store for the fans. And the best part about it all: when asked at his first presser if Tebow would be a Jaguar, Dave Caldwell’s reply was “not even if he’s released.” Can’t help but like Tebow as a person, but he would have set the Jags back 2 more years just to sell tickets for a few games to people who would quit going as soon as they saw how bad he is. I’m glad the big and long term picture is what’s important.

  19. daysend564 says:
    Mar 11, 2015 11:52 AM

    @44yrfaith – you don’t give 25M guaranteed money to a guy that can’t stay healthy.

    There is a reason the Cowboys are carrying $13M of dead money on this year’s cap. It is poor decisions like the one made.
    =============================

    Not sure what poor decision you’re referring to, but there are 13 teams with more than $9 mil in dead money(including both Super Bowl teams). It’s part of the NFL. If you want to keep talented veteran players, at some point you will carry dead money when those players are cut. Not that big of a deal.

  20. @44yrfaith – One quick example is that Miles Austin is still on the Cowboys books for over $5M this year.

    I be the Cowboys wouldn’t have gave him all that guaranteed money, even though he couldn’t keep his hamstrings from exploding every season.

  21. jags have 65 mil under the cap? thats insane… but i read someone suggest 5 years 6 mil a year with 25 guaranteed, what 30 mil contract guarantees 25 of it? thats crazy. might as well fully guarantee the whole thing so he can sit out half the games with his boo boos

  22. If Julius Thomas is worth 46 million over 5 years with less than 10 touches a game, I think Murray and his 30 are worth 8 mil/year.

  23. JAX dies not have 65 mill to spend they gave Thomas 10 mil house 6.5 mill Odrick 8.25 mill and they signed 2 other players so three players at up 25 mill per year they have about 28 mill left still a huge chunk though I would live to see Oak or JAX sign him that’s the way free agency was set up to work but the cap has exploded the last 3 years with the tv deals etc. That the good teams have much more $ then they thought they would have and are smartly retaining their good players.

  24. Wait a doggone second!

    Marshawn Lynch signs a contract for how many Million, McCoy for $16 Million, and Murray can’t even get a low end contract for $9 Million?

    What’s wrong with this picture!

  25. DeMarco at $8M is a BARGAIN.

    I think he’s more skilled and talented than Lynch and I’d rather have DeMarco over LeSean. Both of them are making well over $10M.

    And with the unknown surrounding AP. He basically didn’t play last year (2014) and the year before (2013) he had injuries, missed games and didn’t look the same as his previous dominate self.

    DeMarco is VERY underrated. He averaged 5.5 ypc as a rookie in 2011, waaaay before the Cowboys had a “good” oline.

    If backs like Forte and Rice recently got “second contracts” averaging $8M, DeMarco definitely is a bargain at $8M.

  26. 8 million? Didn’t I just see like 3 or 4 other RBs getting contracts worth over 10 million a year yesterday? Kinda seems like that low market value for RBs is gone. Suddenly instead of trying to keep AP with 12.whatever million, there’s talk they will have to offer him MORE. Suddenly 12 million and especially 8 million don’t seem like that much to me.

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