DeMarco Murray's future with the Dallas Cowboys has been one of the hottest topics in the NFL ever since the Cowboys' exit from the NFL playoffs in January.
Time and time again, Dallas owner Jerry Jones has spoken out about the fact that keeping both Dez Bryant and Murray will be difficult.
The Cowboys face the prospect of both Bryant and Murray hitting free agency this summer, but it's been heavily reported that Dallas will use the franchise tag on Bryant.
Do Dallas still want Murray?
Such a move would leave DeMarco Murray's future with the Cowboys even more in doubt, especially when you consider that even on the franchise tag, Dallas would still have to pay Bryant a large sum of money.
Murray would then be able to command less money with the Cowboys, as he looks to negotiate a better deal than the $4 million a year, $16m deal they offered him last month. The star running back scoffed at the idea of such a small pay rise, but the latest comments from Dallas head coach Jason Garrett could point to his plans to keep Murray on board one way or another.
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"Garrett demurred when asked if the Cowboys can replace Murray with another free agent," NFL.com reported.
""I don't like that expression, 'plug another back in there,' " Garrett said, outlining Murray's importance to the Cowboys' offense and the heavy workload shouldered by the Offensive Player of the Year."
Murray still important
Many NFL experts have accused the Cowboys of devaluing the running back position after their shockingly low alleged offer to Murray, but Garrett countered that in an interview at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday and offered this response.
"You'll find if you look at it, running backs are important to championship teams," Garrett added. "The runner does matter."