Jason Witten has backed DeMarco Murray in a recent interview despite the fact that the Dallas Cowboys look set to let the star running back leave in free agency.
Despite being the best rusher in the National Football League by an absolute mile this season just gone, the Cowboys seem destined to just allow Murray to leave Arlington in the off-season.
The thinking is that with both Murray and star wide receiver Dez Bryant becoming free agents this summer, only one of them can be signed to a high paying contract. With there being a much bigger drop off between Bryant and the next best Cowboys receiver than Murray and Joseph Randle, who has impressed when coming in.
DeMarco Deserves Credit
So, despite the fact that Murray is looking incredibly likely to become an ex-Cowboy, Witten has come out and given his backing to the former Oklahoma star.
“We’ve got good running backs,” Witten said, via ESPNDallas.com. “Joe Randle took advantage of every opportunity he got. I think [Lance] Dunbar’s got a great future ahead of him.
"I think it would be silly to not give (DeMarco Murray) the credit for what he did. It’s not easy to do that and I think Coach Garrett said it a few weeks back that he created a mindset for our team and that’s not easy to do. He deserves a lot of that credit, DeMarco does, and so that’s why you want a guy like that back because he stands for everything you want in your football team.”
The Cowboys apparently offered Murray a four-year, $16million deal a week or so ago. This is obviously low-balling and it is thought that Murray has rejected or will reject Jerry Jones' offer.