It is fair say that DeMarco Murray's decision to leave the Dallas Cowboys for arch rivals the Philadelphia Eagles this NFL offseason has left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Dallas faithful.
Before the Eagles came in for the star running back many Cowboys fans had already grown to accept that Murray wouldn't be returning for another season at the AT&T stadium due to his salary demands. Seeing him jump ship to Philly though has effectively burnt bridges between the player and the fans.
In a last ditch attempt to appease the angry Cowboys nation DeMarco Murray has today come up with a gesture in downtown Dallas.
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The reigning Offensive Player of the Year had already gone on record to show his appreciation for what the Cowboys franchise has done for him since he arrived back in 2011.
That didn't stop some furious Dallas fans burning his jersey and heading to social media to lament his exit for the Eagles.
Murray clearly felt he had to make a bigger gesture. And that's exactly what he did with a giant billboard in downtown Dallas that was being given its final touches today.
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It is a nice gesture for a man who clearly still feels a lot of love for the Dallas Cowboys despite their failure to pony up for a big new contract this offseason.
He knew his decision to put pen to paper on a deal with Philly was always going to cause animosity but in the grand scheme of things it was the right thing to do on a personal level.
There cannot be many of us, in any walk of life, who would turn down millions of dollars regardless of the backlash that it would bring.
Hole to fill
Whether Murray's leads to forgiveness from the Cowboys masses remains to be seen, as the offseason goes on though fans of 'America's Team' may start to worry, not about Murray's absence, but about his potential replacement.
The Cowboys moved quickly last week to sign veteran RB Darren McFadden but, with a career plagued by injury, the former Oakland Raider is yet to convince fans at this new franchise that he is the man to replace Murray's 1,800 rushing yards.
What do you think Cowboys fans? Is Murray's gesture enough to stop the criticism, can he ever be forgiven for moving to the Eagles? And is McFadden a good enough replacement? Let us know in the comments section below...
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