DeMarco Murray's future has been up in the air for the past few weeks, but things may have just gotten a lot clearer.
Murray has been increasingly frustrated with the Dallas Cowboys near-blatant refusal to reward him for his exceptional season in 2015, where he was by far and away the best running back in the National Football League.
Fly Murray Fly
One team that is very interested in Murray however is the Cowboy's divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles. And it seems that Murray is reciprocating that interest. According to a report from ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Murray is set to visit the Eagles today to discuss a potential move.
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This is the clearest sign we have had yet of where Murray will be playing his football next year, and for a few more years to come of course. We've heard rumours of the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars potentially making offers for Murray but Philly have firmly raced into poll position with the visit.
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Is Chip Kelly a Genius?
If the Eagles do manage to bring in DeMarco Murray then it turns Chip Kelly from the bungling idiot who was letting go of every skilled player in Philly, to a genius who had the foresight to take chances and reshape the team excellently.
Just think about it: LeSean McCoy is traded for Kiko Alonso, the Eagles get an exceptionally talented linebacker while moving Shady's big contract. Then they traded Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, which didn't make any sense on paper, until we remembered that Bradford was DeMarco Murray's roommate in college and they starred together for Oklahoma.
Sam Bradford's influence + the salary cap gained from trading LeSean McCoy = DeMarco Murray joining the Philadelphia Eagles + Kiko Alonso + Byron Maxwell. If this is what Chip Kelly had planned all along then the man is a genius.
Murray helped the Cowboys win the NFC East title last season while rushing for a franchise-record 1,845 yards. He broke the record held by NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith and also set a new NFL mark with eight straight 100-yard games to start the season.
Recent reports stated that the Cowboys only offered Murray around $4-5million a year to stay in Dallas, whilst the man himself is chasing around $8million a year. If the Eagles can offer that then it will be game over Jerry Jones and co.