The Philadelphia Eagles are willing to listen to trade offers for running back DeMarco Murray, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He was never a good fit for former head coach Chip Kelly’s offense.
At least, Murray was their third-best running back, as Kelly would give Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews more playing time. At this time, it’s not known what their looking for in return, whether it would be a swap of players, or draft picks for him.
Rapoport says Murray still has an affinity for the Dallas Cowboys, his former team. One has to believe that after the Cowboys had a horrible running game in 2015 that they would like to reacquire Murray.
The problem would be his $13 million dead cap hit for the 2016 season. He is scheduled to make $7 million in a base salary with a $1 million signing bonus.
He signed a five-year, $40 million deal shortly after he became a free agent. While Jerry Jones decided to go with Dez Bryant, there is reportedly no hard feelings between the two.
Murray is scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2017-19 in base salaries. He’s also expected to get a $1 million signing bonus and a $500K roster bonus in each season as well.
Through the 2015-2018 seasons, he has incentives in the contract. If he rushes for 1,250 yards, he’ll receive a $250K salary escalator.
If he rushes for 1,450 rushing yards, he’ll receive a $500K salary escalator.
If Murray is dealt, Mathews would become the featured back.
Last season, Murray had his fewest rushing yards since the 2012 season when he had 663 yards on a 161 carries and four touchdowns. He had a 193 carries for 702 yards and six touchdowns in his lone season in the City of Brotherly Love.
He had just one 100-plus yard rushing game. That came against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 19 when he had 21 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown.
In 2013 and 2014, Murray had more than 1,000 rushing yards in a season. He first had 1,124 in 2013, before rushing for 1,845 in 2014.
Earlier this month, ESPN’s Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer suggested that if Murray returned to the Lone Star State that “the numbers had to be reworked.”
The Feb. 6 story suggested that Murray wanted to remain with the Eagles, but added that NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Murray and the team “are not in a good place.”
The Eagles may need a miracle to get rid of him, as releasing him would be very difficult and would hamper Doug Pederson and his team for the next several seasons.
Trades between divisional rivals hardly even happen. But it won’t be the first time, or the last. It’s also not the last time that players have signed with their hated rivals, like Murray did last year.
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