Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was named the 2014 Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year, as Mike Klis of The Denver Post tweets. Murray received the honor at Saturday night’s NFL Honors award show.
Murray, who has struggled with injuries in years past, put it all together in 2014 for his best campaign yet. The 26-year-old ran for 1,845 yards and 13 scores with 2,261 all-purpose yards. After a season in which he showed that he can stay healthy, produce (4.7 YPC), and work at a nearly unprecedented rate, Murray is set to hit the open market where he could potentially cash in big.
Recently, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report heard from sources that Murray should command between $7-10MM annually on a new deal. At this point, Dallas seems unwilling to go that high. Earlier this month, a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com indicated that Dallas’ latest offer came in at about $4MM per season, which probably won’t get it done.
Our latest edition of the 2015 Free Agent Power Rankings have Murray outside of the top 10. In a November poll, PFR readers said that embattled tailback Adrian Peterson would be a better option for the Cowboys in 2015 than Murray.