Murray deal has base value of $40 million, with $18 million fully guaranteed at signing

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The details of the DeMarco Murray contract have made their way to PFT headquarters.  And now they’ll be making their way to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and/or cell phone device.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, here are the elements of the deal.

1.  Contrary to widespread reports, the contract has a base value of $40 million over five years.  That’s the same base value as the deal signed by Bills running back LeSean McCoy.

2.  Another $2 million is available based on escalators for 2016 through 2019.  For each year from 2015 through 2018 in which Murray rushes for 1,250 or more yards, $250,000 is added to the following year’s salary.  At 1,450, the number increases to $500,000.  To get the full $2 million, Murray must rush for 1,450 or more yards in each of the next four seasons.

3.  In 2015, Murray has a $5 million signing bonus, a $3 million fully guaranteed 2015 roster bonus, and a $1 million fully guaranteed base salary.  That’s $9 million in total compensation for 2015, all fully guaranteed.

4.  In 2016, Murray has a $7 million base salary, fully guaranteed at signing.

5.  In 2017, Murray has a $500,000 roster bonus due on the third day of the league year, along with a $7.5 million base salary.  $2 million is fully guaranteed at signing.  Another $3 million is guaranteed for injury only at signing; it becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2017 league year.

6.  In 2018, Murray has a $500,000 roster bonus due on the third day of the league year, plus a non-guaranteed base salary of $7.5 million.

7.  In 2019, Murray has a $500,000 roster bonus due on the third day of the league year, plus a non-guaranteed base salary of $7.5 million.

Those details equate to $18 million fully guaranteed at signing.  Another $3 million is guaranteed for injury only until March 2017.

As a practical matter, it’s at least a two-year, $18 million deal, and possibly (probably) a three-year, $24 million deal with a team-held option for 2018 and 2019.

The cap numbers are $5 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016, $9 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018, and $9 million in 2019.  In contrast, LeSean McCoy would have had a cap number in Philly of more than $11 million for 2015.

Coupled with the fact that McCoy has 656 more career touches than Murray, coach Chip Kelly found a cheaper option with more tread on the tires.  Ultimately, the question is whether Murray can move the chains the way McCoy did.

If Murray can, that $24 million over three years becomes a definite — and $40 million over five becomes probable, along with some or all of the escalators available under the deal.

60 responses to “Murray deal has base value of $40 million, with $18 million fully guaranteed at signing

  1. People are gonna hate all they want because it’s Philadelphia and its the Eagles. The old way wasn’t getting it done so it was time for a big change.

    All you haters worry about your team and how they are getting better. Unless your a Pats fan you really have no trash to talk, because guys didn’t win it all either last year.

  2. I’m all in on Chip. We had to try something different. Never won a playoff games Foles, Shady or Maclin. Haven’t been contenders in 10 years. Haven’t won NFL championship in 55 years. What is the down side if Chip’s plan doesn’t work?

  3. Everyone can talk about that Cowboys interior line all they want – don’t forget, we ran the ball rather efficiently ourselves, and will continue to do so with Murray. And we won’t run him into the ground doing it.

  4. Between the crazy fans and the reputation Philly has around the league, it’s probably one of the riskiest places to take a “high risk, high reward” chance with an entire team. That being said, like him or not, you gotta admit: Chip Kelly is a ballsy dude. This is shaping up to be a fun, intense and competitive year, not just for the Eagles but for the NFL as a whole

  5. Good deal for Murray…..probably as good as he was going to get…..and I’m a lifelong Cowboy fan.

    It’s not personal, its just business……feel me?

  6. Looks to me that Chip is bringing a college perspective that no player stays more than 4 years, and all deals are year to year. Change every player after 3,years, on average, and see what happens.

  7. I would rather Murray does not move the chains like McCoy. I was tired of watching 2 and 12. What a real treasure it will be to see a RB who can actually score on 1st and goal, 3 and 1, whatever…

  8. eaglefan94 says:

    The Eagles were ranked #1 in run blocking last year by Pro Football Focus.
    =======================================

    Dallas was #1 and the Eagles were #3o in 2014 according to Football Outsiders, using adjusted line yards formula.

  9. Chip Kelly’s math:

    LeSean McCoy $11.8 million cap number

    or

    DeMarco Murray $5.25 million cap number
    Kiko Alonso $800k cap number
    Ryan Matthews $2 million cap number
    Walter Thurmond $3.25 million cap number
    Additional $500k in cap room

    Why don’t you people listen when Chip Kelly talks? I’ll repeat his message, with some emphasis, on why he traded Shady McCoy:

    IT WAS A **********SALARY CAP********** DECISION.

  10. Both the cowboys and the Eagles had good O lines last year but the cowboy’s was better.
    Look, last year dallas surprised everyone cause no one had them better than 8-8. This year the cowboys will surprise no one.
    Everyone says dat the cowboys will win that division, NOT SO FAST. Teams won’t take dallas for granted this season and if they have an injury or two at certain positions then dallas ends up last. We gotta wait till they play them games, huh.

  11. Reasonable contract with under 20 million guaranteed. Salary wise, they are paying Murray, Matthews, and Alonso for the price of Shady

    Like I said yesterday, I’d be ecstatic with this off season as an Eagles fan, if it wasn’t for the head scratching Foles/Bradford trade

  12. eaglefan94 says:
    Mar 13, 2015 8:45 PM
    @drunkwino

    The Eagles were ranked #1 in run blocking last year by Pro Football Focus.
    ———
    Then how come Murry had about 500 more yards off only 80 more carries than McCoy?

  13. Hate Howie all you want but he can work that CAP. It is is player evaluations that are not so great, but he is a valuable part of this organization. #InChipWeTrust

  14. People seem to forget McCoy still costs the Eagles around 3.5-4mil this year in dead money.

    McCoy’s cap hits with buffalo are pretty much the same as Murray’s according to an earlier post and numbers on over the cap.

    Eagles now have this season:
    Murray at 5 mil
    Mathews at 2 Mil
    Sproles at 4 mil
    And counting McCoy for 4 mil

    I get maybe McCoy had to go and he was a problem child and they were probably good to get Kiko. I just don’t totally buy the salary cap line.

    Then they Traded a guy they had won with who was cheap for a 13 mil qb who, I’m guessing if philly fans have their way, will play amazing and demand a huge contract next year.

  15. Murray and Mathews will be on IR by the end of the season. How do you expect to run a face paced offense, which results in more offensive plays overall, with players that have difficulty staying healthy?

  16. I would like to see what the end of the 2015 stats are for him.
    Did Murray miss any time?
    How many yards did he run for?
    And don’t give me the excuse that he is sharing running time with other backs. He had to share with others in Dallas as well.

  17. abninf says: Mar 13, 2015 9:06 PM

    Dallas was #1 and the Eagles were #3o in 2014 according to Football Outsiders, using adjusted line yards formula.
    =============================

    Except footballoutsiders’ adjusted line yards formula has nothing to do with profootballfocus’ Run Blocking grading which is a cumulative grade for all offensive players that run block.

    Footballoutsiders’ definition of adjusted line yards:
    Teams are ranked according to Adjusted Line Yards. Based on regression analysis, the Adjusted Line Yards formula takes all running back carries and assigns responsibility to the offensive line based on the following percentages:
    Losses: 120% value
    0-4 Yards: 100% value
    5-10 Yards: 50% value
    11+ Yards: 0% value

    In other words that statistic is based on how well Lesean McCoy did. Digging deeper, PFF says McCoy was third from last in Elusive rating (i.e. how many Missed Tackles they forced). McCoy’s overall rating was third from last out of 57 at 55 by posting a -9.3.

    This means that Football Outsiders based their offensive line metric for Philly on how well McCoy did, and we know from an analytical standpoint that McCoy was one of (if not actually) the worst RBs last year. Hence why PFF’s grading is a much better barometer of offensive line performance – they are analyzing every single snap, not running a math equation based off of how a RB does. Which is why Football Outsiders’ metric is flawed, you cannot penalize the Eagles’ offensive line when they opened a gaping hole and McCoy decides to ignore it and dance around to the outside.

    Just face the facts that Philly had the #1 2014 Run Blocking line, and PFF grading is king when it comes to football analysis.

  18. People act like Murray is glass and it was all the cowboys line. Yes he has had some nicks but he has been great for the Cowboys his whole time there. Even when there line was garbage. He has only missed 2 games over the last 2 years and he has never averaged less then 4.1 per carry.

    In 2011 he was a 3rd stringer behind Felix jones and choice but still ran for 900 yards on 165 carries. He broke his ankle in week 13. In 2012 he missed weeks 7-12 bc of a sprained foot he still had 660 yards on 160 carries as a back up. He became the starter in 2013 and ran for 1,100 yards on 215 carries. Not his fault the Cowboys had the worst pass run ratio in football before last year. He missed weeks 7-8 with a sprained knee but came back and gained 693 yards on 126 carries for 5.5 yards per attempt. Then last year he had 1845 yards on 392 carries.

    The Cowboys offensive line sucked prior to last year and he still produced without many touches. Also he has started 37 of the Cowboys last 39 games. I wouldnt call that exactly injury prone.

    By the way McCoy has played 35 of the Eagles last 39 games.

  19. First off @legaleagle what do you mean Philly “will again be Super Bowl champs”? You’re implying that it happened a first time and of course it hasn’t. Trent Dilfer SB rings 1 Eagles 0 nice. And I’ve been seeing alot of eagles fans on here throwing around what PFF had Philly and Dallas run blocking ranked like it really changes the fact that that Murray was the leading rusher behind Dallas’ O line and McCoy was a ways back in rushing yards. Nope turns out Dallas still had the leading rusher behind their line and let me check….yep McCoy still ain’t close. Keep trying to convince yourselves Chip knows what he’s doing and didn’t overpay Murray after 1 count em 1 great season and while it had alot to do with Murray’s own talent it’s still no coincidence that Murray was the leading rusher and Romo had his best year behind our rebuilt O line which ain’t coming with him to Philly. That line is now McFaddens and whoever else’s to run behind and for anybody who wants to criticize Dallas for signing McFadden take into consideration how good was Murray before last year? Not very. I still find it so funny how every eagles fan on here praising Murray right now would be dogging Jerry Jones if it was him who gave Demarco a huge contract after one great season but when your boy Chip who btw is in only his first year of handling player personnel does it he’s a genius? Only to y’all. Have fun watching Bradford and our used up beat up old RB this year. He’s nothing more than Dallas’ sloppy seconds.

  20. McFadden won’t be the star in Dallas… Joseph Randle will be a top 5 RB this year showing Murray was good, but not that great.

  21. I would like to think for Murray’s sake Chip can teach Murray how not to fumble but I’m doubting that now seeing as how Chip has really dropped the ball this offseason.

  22. All in all it doesn’t seem like an overly expensive deal for the Eagles. Some people act like they gave him a crazy deal. It looks like they traded McCoy and his price for Murray and the young promising linebacker from Buffalo. Seems like a pretty good gamble to me.

  23. @macjacmcoy you’re forgetting 253 of those yards in 2011 came against a sorry rams team and at a time when no team was worried enough about Dallas’ run game to bother loading the box to stop it. 2012 Demarco took over as starter not 2013 and 660 yards for a season is a joke especially considering he gained almost 3 times that behind a great O line and either way it wasn’t enough to keep Dallas from going 8-8. 2013 1,100 yards Dallas already had Smith, Leary, Frederick and Free in place. All your comment showed me was that Stephen Jone’s and Jason Garrett’s decision to draft Zach Martin added up to 700+ more yards for Murray, 4 more wins, a division title, and one game away from NFC championship game (1 game from SB if not for Murray’s fumble) and reason to feel good about the direction Dallas is heading. Thanks.

  24. The trade is really two good acls for two bad acls and they opened more cap space for a couple of rbs with bad mcls, and a qb with two bad acls. Who can argue with that logic. What can go wrong ?

  25. Starfan, please don’t make DFW fans look dumb. never smart to count on anyone like Joseph Randle…

    Don’t tell me his statistics, I already know them.

    He is at best an interchangeable part

  26. “If Murray can, that $24 million over three years becomes a definite — and $40 million over five becomes probable, along with some or all of the escalators available under the deal.”

    This isn’t the only “if”. There are lots of them, but 18 million guaranteed IF he lasts 3 years (and at what production, I wonder), that equates to Steve Austin as the 6 million Dollar Man. Murray won’t hit 145o every year, and I don’t think he hits it even once. So, he gets 18 million for sure whether it is one game or every one he plays for the next 3 years. Sounds high to me. He is a very good back, and a good player and teammate. I have a lot of respect for him but a repeat year is very unlikely. Even a 1450 yards per year is unlikely.

    The Philly O-line is going to be questionable when they trade Mathis, and unless they get Bradford some weapons at WR, Murray could likely have a long season in 2015

  27. @ macjacmccoy
    “In 2011 he was a 3rd stringer behind Felix jones and choice but still ran for 900 yards on 165 carries. He broke his ankle in week 13. In 2012 he missed weeks 7-12 bc of a sprained foot he still had 660 yards on 160 carries as a back up. He became the starter in 2013 and ran for 1,100 yards on 215 carries. Not his fault the Cowboys had the worst pass run ratio in football before last year. He missed weeks 7-8 with a sprained knee but came back and gained 693 yards on 126 carries for 5.5 yards per attempt. Then last year he had 1845 yards on 392 carries.”

    Can’t argue with any of those concrete stats. But you prove the very point of it all: that this year will begin his decline. And 18 million for a declining (but talented) RB is just a bit too rich, IMO. Thanks for your participation.

  28. Chip’s gambling on Murray, Bradford, Alonso, and Matthews staying healthy. If so, he comes off as a genius, if the injuries mount philly fans won’t be kind.

    I’d love to see an over/under Vegas style on total games played in the RS next year for these four. I’d guess it’d be around 54.

  29. First off @legaleagle what do you mean Philly
    “will again be Super Bowl champs”?
    ——————————————————–

    Everybody knows that the Patriots cheated in Super Bowl XXXIX, by stealing signals, so technically the Eagles won that game and are Super Bowl champs. Chip, the smartest Coach/GM in the league, will bring many more championships to Philly, you can bank on it. Go Eagles!

  30. I don’t understand how people still say McCoy’s cap hit would be 11.5M.

    He would have restructured his contract with the Eagles, just like he did with the Bills.

    His cap hit for 2015 is only 5.5M with the Bills. If you want to make comparisons, use the values on his new contract. The contracts look very similar.

    Between McCoy and Murray, I’ll go with McCoy, a more proven runner that isn’t as injury prone as Murray.

  31. The signing of Mathews was all the Eagles needed at runningback the signing of Murray means they crippled the Cowboys running game and are forcing Romo to try to beat people. Can we say 8-8.

  32. I agree on the Howie Cooment.

    He knows how to work the cap. I’ve always been impressed on how he gives Eagles lots of out through out contracts. Even the Maxwell contract is s contract where the Eagles can bail after 2 years.

    Even though he may want to make roster decisions there is no doubt in his value to this team.

  33. @patc14: With no disrespect, this is what I and other Big D fans love to hear – THE TRUTH! That there has never been a Lombardi in Ducksville and never will be. 55 years, thats all. Wow. Personally I thought it was much longer. Regardless, where did the time go. But please don’t blame Chump, he’s just proudly continuing the losing Philthy Ducksville tradition.
    Chump, you and the rest of the sitting ducks will have learned that it’s our line that you NEEDED to employ, not Murray. He’s good but not great. I’m not mad because he got his $ and defected but reality will show and prove if the IR Ducks can get past the first 8 weeks together.
    That’s $60 million worth of hospital bedtime stories that Chump has to read to them. Cheaper to get 1 big room.

  34. @drunkwino: glad to know that you’re not so drunk after all. I just said the same to “patc14.” You don’t want Murray you want our line. This is what Switzer told others who wanted him to coach after he won a Lombardi with Jimmy John son’s team: You don’t want me you want my players. In this case its that line.

  35. @ legaleagle: that’s the best quack quack joke of the century. Please tell another by saying, showing or proving that there was just 1 Lombardi ever in Philthy! Feel free to add the Soul in if needed.

  36. @mungman no not a front runner though I’m sure being an eagles fan you’d know exactly what one sounds like. I’m just a cowboys fan who like all other cowboy fans is tired of hearing eagle fans on here completely change their tune from last season. Last year when comparing McCoy and Murray eagles fans all said Nurray sucked and he was only good because of the cowboys O line and that McCoy was the better back and pointed out how Murray hadn’t had any real success in the league until Dallas rebuilt their line whereas McCoy was running behind at times a patchwork line and still having a great year. Sound familiar? Of course now that the eagles have Murray all of y’all are going through the trouble to look up and post stats to prove that Murray was the better back and it wasn’t just the O line. Cowboy fans are actually agreeing with y’all….well agreeing with what you said originally.

  37. Sounds as if there were always a lot of D..ksville fans watching us and praying that they had what we have. Be glad then that we threw you an IR bone. Wait you don’t have a receiver to catch it. We’ll send you something.

  38. @ lega1eagle says:

    “Everybody knows that the Patriots cheated in Super Bowl XXXIX, by stealing signals, so technically the Eagles won that game and are Super Bowl champs. Chip, the smartest Coach/GM in the league, will bring many more championships to Philly, you can bank on it. Go Eagles!”

    Uhhhhhh, no, it is only YOU that thinks the Patriots cheated. GET OVER IT. The Eagles lost, and a big part of it was McNabb’s 3 picks in that game – did the Patriots cheat their way into 3 picks? Could it be that the 3 picks he threw is why McNabb was throwing up on the sidelines?

    Chip Kelly and your Eagles have pulled a Dan Snyder. The “go out and sign some big names in FA and we will win a SB” approach. Sorry, but Bradford/Sanchez with Cooper and Matthews catching the ball won’t get the job done even if the running game is solid. Eagles will disappoint their fans yet again in 2015 when it comes to bringing home a SB trophy.

    That empty case in Philly will collect one thing in 2015, and one thing ONLY – more dust.

  39. He may have a better season running the ball a year from now in 2016.

    Teams who go the “Offensive Genius” route for HC and then fail and let that coach go, usually follow up with the “Tough Defensive-Minded” HC and those types like to run the ball.

  40. thekingdp says:
    Mar 13, 2015 9:19 PM

    Chip Kelly’s math:

    LeSean McCoy $11.8 million cap number

    or

    DeMarco Murray $5.25 million cap number
    Kiko Alonso $800k cap number
    Ryan Matthews $2 million cap number
    Walter Thurmond $3.25 million cap number
    Additional $500k in cap room

    IT WAS A **********SALARY CAP********** DECISION.
    ——————————————————

    Did Eagles fans forget McCoy trade created more than $3 million dead money under the cap?

    If it is all about the cap, why didn’t you point out the Fole for Bradford trade?

    Are you blind?

  41. lega1eagle says:
    Mar 13, 2015 10:18 PM
    All you Chip haters can eat our dust. Eagles are destined to again become Super Bowl champs. Go Eagles!

     What?

    Are you talking about when the “Dream Team” won the Superbowl back in… Oh wait, that didn’t happen. You must be talking about when Reggie White and Jerome Brown were… Wait- no Superbowl then either.
    Now that I think about it, the eagles have been “destined” to win the Superbowl quite a few times but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. So sad. #emptytrophycase

  42. You sad cowturd fans think you know so much about football but you got an Owner who is the laughing stock oft he NFL.
    Other owners chuckle at the moves he makes. if not for his son, they would have drafted Manziel.
    That’s because he’s just not that good at being a GM.
    Getting Murray to leave dallas makes the Eagles backfield formidable after Shady was traded.
    Not only does it make the Eagles better, but it weakens dallas in a big way.
    Murray accounted for 38% of all the yards dallas gained in 2014, so how do they go about replacing that?
    They get a washed up, injury prone, has been of a RB who just isn’t that good.
    You got a QB who is literally one good hit from a season ending injury, and you got the nerve to talk about our teams injuries.
    Please dallas fans, come back from the ledge and stop trying to justify losing a great player. Your lame owner was trying to offer Murray 5 mill, which is an insult to a player that led the league in rushing last year.
    That’s mcfadden money, not the #1 rB in the league money.
    The best story you will hear is how great the O line is in dallas and how he wont’ succeed in Philly.
    That one was the dumbest comment on here because educated fans know how good the O line is in Philly and it was ranked above the supposed better line in dallas.
    dallas, get ready for 8-8 if you are lucky and catch a few breaks.
    Philly will own the NFC East this season and for the next 1000 years or until Chip Kelly retires.
    He will get us that lombardi trophy faster than it takes jerry to sabotage his team. good luck with howdy doody this year dallas, i mean garrett.
    As a die hard Eagles fan, I cannot wait to see Murray in a green uniform running all over dallas twice a year for the next three seasons.
    He will prove to jerry how dumb he is once again, for allowing a player like murray to walk.

  43. The Eagles lost way too much…..Foles, McCoy, Maclin, etc.

    Murray is not really an upgrade from Shady IMO. I don’t care how the contract is structured….. Murray is being overpaid.

    I think Kelly will get them into shape over a couple years, but they sure let a lot of talent walk and overall, it’s a net loss.

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