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Should the Cowboys main priority be Dez Bryant or DeMarco Murray?

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The Dallas Cowboys are arguably in the NFL's most unenviable position this off-season as they are seemingly being forced to choose between Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray.

Murray was the best runningback in the league last year and Bryant was one of the most formidable wide receivers any defense came up against.

Both players are set to hit free agency this year and it is financially impossible for the Cowboys to re-sign both men.

For that reason, it has been all but confirmed that the Cowboys will use the franchise tag on Dez Bryant.

With the rest of the NFL licking their lips at the possibility of Murray being a free agent, the question is, will the Cowboys come to regret that decision?


It should be stated that the decision to franchise tag a player like Bryant is unlikely to haunt any team, but what about the decision to take Bryant over Murray?

The numbers

The numbers don't lie and both men have come off the back of remarkable seasons as they brought an impressive 29 touchdowns to the Cowboys collectively last season.

Bryant was the higher scoring of the two as he hauled in 16 touchdown grabs, had a total of 1,320 receiving yards with an average of 15 yards per catch.

Murray on the other hand broke Emmitt Smith's Cowboys rushing yards record for a single season with 1,845 and ran in 13 touchdowns.

Who is more important?

In my own opinion, the Cowboys are making a mistake by electing Bryant over Murray and the game that truly highlights that was their divisional play-off match with the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers eliminated the Cowboys from the post-season after a 26-21 victory at Lambeau Field which ended in controversial circumstances.

The Packers showed that any wide receiver can be proven ineffective as Bryant had a total of five yards from just the one reception to his name in the game.

If a quarterback struggles, wide receivers are unlikely to thrive, whereas runningbacks are more independent.

Runningbacks rely more upon the offensive line and I think it was well known that Dallas have a good one of those.

Murray had 123 yards and a touchdown to his name in that play-off game with the Packers and proved his worth.

So the question becomes who is more important to the Cowboys and in my opinion, it will be tougher to replace Murray than it would be to replace Bryant.

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