Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is set to endure one of his most difficult offseasons to date.
The Cowboys have a big dilemma on their hands heading into the 2015 NFL season - keep DeMarco Murray or go looking for another running back capable of replacing the NFL's best.
Murray was the NFL's leading rusher with 1,845 yards during the 2014 regular season, but an expiring contract means its high time he gets paid big for his efforts.
But Dallas have another star offensive player due a huge pay-rise in Dez Bryant, with the league-leading receiver in touchdowns seen as more irreplaceable than Murray.
Speaking at the weekend, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones spoke candidly about the prospect of sealing a new deal for both players. That is, after all, what Jones wants. But he knows it's pretty much impossible.
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“That’s a big challenge [keeping them both],” Jones said, via NBC 5. “You can’t have it all. But on the other hand, you can try to have it all. You have to make sure you’re making the right decisions on who gets the assets, which in this particular case, it’s the room under the salary cap.”
Jerry World not so crazy now
Jerry Jones is essentially revealing here the exact reasons why re-signing DeMarco Murray is practically impossible. However, Jerry is not known as a reasonable man, he's known as a dreamer.
If it was several years ago, Jones would probably break the bank by signing both players to huge, long-term contracts. Dallas's deal for DeMarcus Ware in 2009 which cost the team a planned $79 million over six seasons is the perfect example of Jerry going mental.
But now Jerry World is much more realistic, considered and thoughtful about the future.
“You remember when that cap makes you poor and you wake up and have those days when you don’t have the money and don’t have the flexibility. If you don’t, you need to sit there long enough to revisit that in your mind — how it was — and see if you make the right decisions," Jones added.
“The point is, if you can revisit how you felt, that will make you a little more prudent about this cap when you have had a lot of years when you really paid the piper. And you are paying it at the time for a decision that you thought was helping you win a Super Bowl. But then you didn’t do it. It was gone. That dream was out the window and there you were paying the bills on it.”
Murray could still be re-signed
In the meantime, Jerry and the Cowboys are hell bent on trying to sign a deal for both players. But if Murray wants to get what he's worth he will have to leave Dallas that's for sure. Teams like the Buffalo Bills will be more than willing to offer him a deal worth leaving for, but the chance of a championship in Dallas could still yet make DeMarco stay.
What do you think Cowboys fans? Is DeMarco Murray replaceable or should Dallas do all they can to keep him on board? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.