This past offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles decided that they would trade away running back DeMarco Murray.
The two-time Pro Bowler was traded to the Tennessee Titans alongside a 2016 fourth round pick in exchange for their 2016 fourth round pick, and he is playing at a top level once more like he was when he was at the Dallas Cowboys.
However, before the trade to Tennessee took place, Murray was 95% sure he was on his way back to Dallas, according to what he said during an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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He said: "It was like 95 percent sure I was going to come back there. I have a lot of respect for those guys — the Jones family, Will [McClay], Coach [Jason] Garrett obviously and [Tony] Romo and Wit [Jason Witten], all those guys. I still consider them a great franchise, and they're great friends of mine.
"I was very close to going back there. There were some things that fell through and just didn't happen. I think everything happens for a reason. I'm here [in Tennessee], and I'm supposed to be here. They've got a pretty good young back over there as well."
The reason why the Eagles never traded Murray back to the Cowboys is very reasonable. They didn't want the player to stay in the same division as them. After a disappointing 2015 where the 28-year-old rushed for just 702 yards and six touchdowns, in 2016, he already has 461 yards and three touchdowns, so it's a good job he isn't in their division.
However, Philadelphia hasn't exactly avoided playing against a good running back with a Texas star on their helmet.
Murray may be back to his old self this season, but he's currently second in the league in rushing yards behind the Cowboys new rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, who currently has 549 yards and five touchdowns after five games.
It looks like Dallas now has a running back for the future and one that could match and possibly better the 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns Murray had with the team in 2014.
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