Dallas Cowboys have some huge decisions to make during the offseason on whether they should keep star offensive players DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant.
It is well documented that the Cowboys plan to keep Bryant on board and they may even give him the franchise tag that would ensure a huge pay rise for the star receiver.
This may be great news for Bryant but certainly not for the NFL's leading running back DeMarco Murray. Salary cap issues mean the Cowboys have been forced into an either or situation regarding the re-signing of Bryant and Murray.
The Cowboys tried sneakily to get Murray on the cheap by offering him a $4 million a year deal over four years, but naturally Murray declined the offer - which experts deemed to be significantly lower than what the NFL's leader runner should be valued at.
Running backs are valued less than receivers these days in a pass-heavy NFL, but it's surprising that Dallas would undervalue Murray so much after a season in which he has rushed for 1,845 yards - 484 more yards than his next rival. It seems Dallas think a back such as Murray is interchangeable, something which Murray took exception to this week when he finally opened up to the media on his contract situation.
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"I would like to see how it goes [letting Murray go]. I would like to see how that plan would work for them. I don't pay attention to it," Murray said on NFL Network.
"You know, I have full confidence in myself and my ability to do what I'm capable of doing. I know my talents, I know how hard I play and, you know, I know what I bring to the table. So I'm not worried about it and, you know, I don't hear it."
Still wants to stay
Despite getting low-balled by the Cowboys, it's clear that Murray is keen to negotiate a better deal and still stay in Dallas. The star tailback insists that the camaraderie he has developed with his teammates in Texas will play a huge role in keeping him at the Cowboys.
"I love playing with them, I love playing for coach Garrett, I love playing for the great Dallas organization," Murray added. "And, you know, those guys you play hard for, you come out, you lay it on the line for those guys -- it's easier to do it because they're going to do the same thing for me and vice versa."
So what do you think Dallas Cowboys fans? Should the Cowboys do the utmost to keep DeMarco Murray in Dallas? Leave your thoughts in the comments box below.