PHILADELPHIA – The latest news out of free agency has Cowboys Nation crying fowl or more specifically, eagle. That’s right, looks like our Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray is switching teams.
That’s bad news. But it’s even worse because it’s to our division rival, the Philly Eagles.
It definitely has Cowboys fans not feeling any brotherly love. This is personal.
Apparently, the Cowboys’ offer wasn’t good enough for the reigning offensive player of the year. So, after calling Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, DeMarco flew like an eagle on the first plane to Philly and landed a 5-year $42 million contract with $21 million guaranteed.
But which DeMarco will the Eagles get?
The Pro Bowler from last year or the guy who’s been worn down after toting the rock over 400 times last season? Cowboys fans will get a chance to see firsthand when the Eagles come to town for one of two hotly contested division games.
In the end, it looks like we lost our guy DeMarco to the boys in green. Try not to choke on a cheesesteak, buddy.
Statement from Jerry Jones on DeMarco Murray:
We are very grateful to DeMarco Murray for his contributions to the Dallas Cowboys. He is a quality person, a very good football player, and a player that we wanted to keep.
We have great appreciation for his skills, and if there was no salary cap in place, DeMarco would be a Cowboy. This came down to an allocation of dollars within the management of the salary cap.
Obviously there is emotion involved in these decisions, but it is critical that there be must be discipline involved as well. If it were a question of having an open checkbook with no salary cap constraints, we all know things would have worked out differently.We have recently made significant commitments to top players who are currently on the team, specifically at key positions such as quarterback, left tackle and wide receiver, and we were comfortable with the offer that we made to DeMarco to include him in that structure.
These are difficult decisions that are part of the NFL. They are decisions that take into account the entire team, the current economic structure of the team, and the financial concerns for the short and long term future of the team.
At the end of the day, this is about finding the best way to collectively fit all of the individual pieces together, in terms of talent, offensive players, defensive players and dollars—under the salary cap structure—that gives you the best chance to have a championship team.