Before he inked his Philadelphia Eagles contract last night the DeMarco Murray offseason debate centered largely around just who would be willing to pay the star running back's big salary demands.
Indeed the Dallas Cowboys' failure to keep hold of Murray is widely seen as coming down to the franchise's reluctance to go beyond $6 million per season.
Speaking in the aftermath of his five-year, $42 million dollar deal though the player insisted his jumping ship to the Cowboys' rivals was not a financial decision - instead making a claim that might hurt Cowboys fans even more.
"I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to win a Super Bowl, at the end of the day," Murray told the gathered media on Thursday.
"It wasn't about financial security or anything like that. Obviously, you want something that you deserve, something that is respectful. Those two things are important to me, and I was able to accomplish that. I think the Eagles have a great chance to win a Super Bowl."
Tough to take
Murray's exit to the Cowboys' fiercest rivals was already a sore point amongst Dallas fans, and these comments will only pour more salt into already painful wounds.
Clearly the running back wasn't convinced that staying with the Cowboys was "a great opportunity" to win a Super Bowl ring. The franchise's impressive 2014 season showed signs that they weren't too far off the season finale and it will hurt those involved in Dallas to hear Murray suggest that a better chance of glory awaited just across the NFC East divide.
Some will question Murray's claim that the Eagles deal was not for financial gain considering the $21 million guaranteed, but the RB's later comments suggest there may be some truth behind it.
As reported by ESPN, Murray revealed that a number of other teams had actually offered more money for his services than Philly put on the table. While he didn't reveal just which teams they were but - approaching the prime of his career - the chance to fight at for the Super Bowl is clearly weighing heavily on Murray's mind.
Murray ended up with a $42 million deal over five-years - a figure that certainly cannot be sniffed at. The running back though was originally seeking between $8m - $10m per season.
The Dallas Cowboys' final offer to retain DeMarco Murray's services is believed to have been four-years for $24 million.
We will have to wait to see whether Murray does indeed have a better opportunity to win a Super Bowl with the Eagles, than he would have done staying in Dallas. One things is for certain though, if Philly and Murray are in any signs of trouble in 2015 Cowboys fans will let them know about it.
What do you think? WHo has a better shot at the Super Bowl in 2015, the Eagles or Cowboys? And which teams may have offered more for Murray's services? Let us know in the comments section below...
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