When asked this week if he regrets signing with the Eagles in the offseason, star running back DeMarco Murray denied having second thoughts. As it turns out, Murray might not be telling the truth. A source with knowledge of the situation tells Mike Florio of PFT there’s “a lot of truth” to the notion that he would like to play for the Cowboys again. That jives with a previous report from Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, who spoke with NFL execs that heard rumblings of Murray wanting to go back to Dallas.
Murray had a remarkable season in 2014, setting a franchise single-season rushing record with 1,845 yards. After running up his odometer, however, the Cowboys made only a so-so effort to retain him. In the offseason, Murray went on to ink a five-year, $40MM deal with the rival Eagles. The deal gave Murray the perfect platform to make Jerry Jones regret his decision, but Philly’s offense has sputtered in 2015.
It might be a little bit early for Cowboys fans to dust off their Murray jerseys, however, as there are a couple of major roadblocks to a trade. First, it’d be fairly surprising to see the Cowboys and Eagles come together to pull the trigger on a trade of this magnitude. Secondly, Murray’s onerous contract will make any trade difficult. As a part of his $40MM pact, Murray is owed a fully guaranteed $7MM in 2016. It’s even harder to see the Eagles saddling themselves with all of the dead money which would come from releasing Murray outright.
Murray, 28 in February, elevated himself into the upper echelon of tailbacks last season when showed that he can stay healthy, produce (4.7 YPC), and work at a nearly unprecedented rate. The advanced numbers also showed that Murray was also at the top of the heap last season. Pro Football Focus‘ numbers (subscription required) resulted in an overall score of 15.2, placing him fifth amongst all tailbacks in 2014. His lack of meaningful production in the passing game, fumbles, and below average blocking were his only real demerits. This season, Murray has run for just 3.5 YPC, a career low.