DeMarco Murray has agreed to join the Philadelphia Eagles after leaving Dallas Cowboys earlier this week, but he is not the only running back to join the Eagles today.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly definitely knows how to make a lot of noise, and after trading away his starting quarterback and running back from last season, he has now acquired two starting tailbacks, after former Chargers star Ryan Mathews signed on Thursday.
Yes you heard that right, two starting running backs. We know the Eagles offense is a fast paced one that takes a lot of snaps, but surely there will be too many cooks with Murray, Darren Sproles and now Mathews on board?
Mathews certainly doesn't think so, and upon signing his deal with the Eagles, Mathews reportedly said that it was a 'running-back's dream' to play alongside a player like DeMarco Murray.
"To play with a guy like that it would be great. I wouldn't shy away from that at all," Mathews said on Thursday, NFL.com reported.
NFL.com: Murray should be the lead back. Rapoport reported that Murray will sign a five-year contract worth more than $40 million with more than $20 million guaranteed. Mathews was expected to get $7.5 million guaranteed on a three-year deal that has $11.5 million overall, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer.
This is certainly a brave decision by Ryan Mathews to say the least. He is a very good running back in his own right, and to share time at such a pivotal point in his career is a slightly bizarre thing to do.
But like many of the players that Chip Kelly has acquired so far since the official start to the 2015 NFL season, Mathews has had his fair share of injury issues during his career - meaning it's likely that the $7.5 million guaranteed in his new contract was probably a big draw.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how he goes come the regular season. Philadelphia will definitely be run first that's for sure.
What do you think Eagles fans? Are you happy with your running back depth now? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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