Football

DeMarco Murray Heads North For Philadelphia Eagles

DeMarco Murray Heads North For Philadelphia Eagles

demarco murray heads north for philadelphia eagles nfl 2015

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone that DeMarco Murray has left the Lone Star State Dallas Cowboys to head up north for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he is staying in the NFC East.

DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2014 for the Dallas Cowboys, is jumping ship and joining the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.

“It was never about the money in any situation,” Murray said. “If it was the money, I could’ve taken that a long time ago on a very high deal. It’s about winning a Super Bowl and being fair.”

Murray is expected to sign a five-year, $42 million deal, including $21 million guaranteed, with the Eagles.

Of the $21 million, $18 million is guaranteed for skill and injury.

The Cowboys were believed to have offered Murray a contract worth approximately $6 million per year on average. Murray told teams this week he was seeking $8-10 million annually with $20-25 million guaranteed, according to someone directly involved with one of Murray’s suitors. Ultimately, the Eagles’ final offer was “considerably ahead of the Cowboys’ on all fronts” — including guaranteed money, average salary and the relative ease of earning incentive clauses.

Assuming Murray’s deal goes through, it won’t affect the future for former San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who on Wednesday reached an agreement with the Eagles on a three-year, $11.5 million deal, including $5 million guaranteed. The Eagles announced later Thursday that they have signed Mathews. Earlier in the day, a source had told Schefter that the Murray development shed some doubt on whether Mathews’ agreement would hold up.

Murray flew to Philadelphia in the morning to meet with Eagles officials. In the ensuing hours, the Cowboys began calling around looking for other running backs.

Murray personally reached out to Eagles coach Chip Kelly on Wednesday morning, expressing his desire to play in Kelly’s spread offense and with former Oklahoma roommate and quarterback Sam Bradford.

Murray’s call was enough to jump-start tepid interest from the Eagles. Kelly has made it publicly and privately clear the team will be financially prudent in their personnel decisions. Kelly did not go to Oregon’s pro day Thursday, opting to remain in Philadelphia to meet Murray.

Aside from the contract, Murray said the Eagles were the most appealing option because of his belief in their chance to win.

According to a source, during Murray’s discussion with Kelly, he characterized Bradford, who was acquired by the Eagles from the Rams on Tuesday, as one of his best friends. Both operated successfully out of Oklahoma’s spread offense when they were teammates from 2007 through 2009. Murray also played the 2010 season at Oklahoma after Bradford moved on to the NFL.

“Absolutely. I’ve been trying my hardest,” Bradford said Wednesday of trying to recruit Murray. “I’ve called him. I’ve texted him. I’ve done everything. We’ve been in communication. If we can somehow land him, it would be a great pickup. Not only is he a great player, he’s a great person. He’s a really close friend of mine, too. I think he can really help this ballclub.”

Murray just won the rushing title in 2014 for Dallas, running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Murray would become the NFL’s first leading rusher to ever start the following season on a different team after moving via free agency.

The last NFL leading rusher to switch teams was Bill Dudley, who was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Detroit Lions in the 1947 offseason.

Football
@movietvtechgeek

Jackie Warner is the go to person for all types of reviews at Movie TV Tech Geeks News. She's also the lucky one to get to test all of our Cool Stuff Tech and Toys for review.

More in Football

jabrill peppers sees draft stock drop after positive drug test 2017 images

Jabrill Peppers sees draft stock drop after positive drug test

Chris MauriceApril 25, 2017
aaron hernandez saga ends with funeral 2017 images

Aaron Hernandez saga ends with funeral

Luka AlarioApril 24, 2017
aaron hernandez made it hard to feel bad for his suicide attempt in prison

It’s Hard to Feel Bad for Aaron Hernandez

Chris MauriceApril 20, 2017
ray rice making himself face of nfl domestic violence education 2017 images

Ray Rice making himself face of NFL domestic violence education

Chris MauriceApril 18, 2017
nfl celebration penalties debate rages on 2017 images

NFL celebration penalties debate rages on

Chris MauriceApril 17, 2017
marshawn lynch oakland raiders deal not quite real but good pr stunt 2017 images

Marshawn Lynch Raiders deal not quite real but good PR stunt

Chris MauriceApril 15, 2017
nfl not so charitable for arm wrestling championship players 2017 images

NFL not so charitable for Arm Wrestling Championship players

Chris MauriceApril 11, 2017
buster skrine not big on rebuilding jets in new york 2017 images

Buster Skrine not big on rebuilding Jets in New York

Chris MauriceApril 9, 2017
dion jordan cut loose from miami dolphins 2017 images

Dion Jordan cut loose from Miami Dolphins

Chris MauriceApril 6, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription