With DeMarco Murray all set to sign his mammoth five-year, $42 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, his longtime teammate and friend, Dez Bryant, has spoken out today.
The futures of Bryant and Murray were the main topics of conversation for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, with both players seeking new, well paid, deals. And, after a franchise tag for Dez Bryant and failed negotiations regarding a new contract, we know now what many had long expected. The duo will not be part of the same offense in 2015.
DeMarco Murray's decision to jump ship to the Cowboys' biggest rivals has left a bad taste in the mouth for many Dallas fans. Bryant though sent out a positive message via social media today, revealing he understand's the running back's decision.
Indeed, while there are bounds to be many Cowboys fans furious at the prospect of seeing a once pivotal piece of their offense suiting up in the green of Philly, the more pragmatic fans will perhaps share Bryant's message.
When it came down to it the Dallas Cowboys were unwilling to budge from their $6 million salary ceiling regarding Murray's deal. After a monster season, and Offensive Player of the Year honors, however, Murray felt he was worth more.
Simply put, it was always going to be a struggle for the two sides to reach a compromise. Bryant's reference to "understanding" Murray's decision then is fairly self explanatory. When the Eagles came calling with $42 million there was only going to be one outcome.
The wide receiver's tweet does contrast sharply with a previous message directed at Murray when the Philadelphia Eagles rumors first surfaced yesterday.
Then Bryant was doing his best to put of the 1,800 yard man from joining the Cowboys' arch rivals.
Dez Bryant meanwhile is left to sit on the franchise tag money on offer from the Cowboys unless he can come to an agreement with the franchise regarding his own big deal. That may now be possible after Murray's departure, and you can probably expect the running back to reciprocate with a message of congratulations when that does happen.
For now though he is left with few friends in Dallas, save for Dez Bryant that is.
What do you think Cowboys and Eagles fans? How much will Murray's arrival/departure affect your team's 2015 chances? And do Cowboys fans share Bryant's well wishes? Let us know in the comments section below...