DeMarco Murray to leave the Dallas Cowboys?

DeMarco Murray celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Saints (©GettyImages)

DeMarco Murray could not have picked a better season to have a career year, the Dallas Cowboys running back currently leads the league in rushing after amassing 670 yards on the ground through the first five games.

Big pay day upcoming

However the star player for the Cowboys is nearing the end of his rookie contract and will therefore become a free agent at the end of the season if Dallas don't act fast.

The running back out of Oklahoma was a third round pick in the 2011 Draft by the Cowboys, he has spent four seasons in the league and has emerged as an MVP candidate after showcasing his talents by leading Dallas to a 4-1 start.

It now seems absolutely vital that the Cowboys lock down the running back to a long term extension but it is something they have admitted to putting off until the end of the season.

Will they keep him around?

Stephen Jones is the chief operating officer for the Dallas Cowboys and has said during training camp that he would not enter discussions over an extension for his pro-bowl running back until after the season finishes.

Jones was asked whether his position had changed due to the remarkable start by Murray, he responded by saying: "Historically, I don't comment on negotiations until they're over, I've been consistent in saying that we want to keep our good football players on our team. And I've been consistent in saying DeMarco Murray is one of those guys that we want to keep around. Not only is he a good football player, but better than that, he's a top notch individual."

He continued: "He's a great leader on this team. He stands for all the things we want to have as a Dallas Cowboy. We'll do anything and everything we can to keep him. It's got to make business sense for him. It's got to make business sense for us."

The only knock against Murray throughout his four years in the league is his ability to stay on the gridiron, the running back has been plagued by injury and has never completed all 16 games of an NFL season in his professional career.

Outstanding company

His breakout season has showed what he is capable when he exudes some consistency, after his most recent 136 yard performance against the Houston Texans, Murray has joined Hall of Famers Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson in rushing for 100 yards in his teams opening five games.

He has shown great humility with his accomplishments as well, after joining that elite company, Murray was asked how it felt and he responded: "Those are pioneers at the running back position, They did a lot of great things for the position and the NFL. A lot of respect for those guys."

The worry for Cowboys fans is the workload that Murray is burdened with, the running back is currently on pace to tie Larry Johnson's NFL record with 416 carries and the question becomes whether Murray's body can withhold the struggle of the season.

Cowboys coach replied to these outcries by saying: "I don't see any wear and tear in DeMarco, but having said that, we want to make sure we create a rotation and we'll focus on doing that in the next few weeks."

With the incredible start that Murray has had, there are three wishes on the lips of Cowboys fans:

He continues to dominate his opposition, that he can stay healthy for the whole campaign and finally that the Cowboys do everything in their power to restructure a deal to keep him with the franchise for many years.

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