The Dallas Cowboys yesterday opted against placing the franchise tag on DeMarco Murray - handing that honor to wide receiver Dez Bryant instead.
With the news that the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year will definitely be heading for free agency, teams are already starting to form an orderly queue for the running back.
Ian Rapoport is today reporting that three teams in particular - two from the AFC South and one from the NFC West - have all emerged as "potential suitors" for Murray's signature.
The Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals would realistically offer Murray the best chance to compete for a Super Bowl in 2015 but it is the Jacksonville Jaguars who, out of the three teams (or four if you include Seattle) , have the most cap room to play with.
With DeMarco Murray seeking a big pay day after his incredible 2014 season, the ability to break the bank - something the Dallas Cowboys have as yet been unwilling to do - could hold the key to who will snag the star this offseason.
Colts and Cardinals
The Colts are certainly seeking to add a running back this offseason after failing to find a viable starter in the form of Trent Richardson. With $40 million of cap space they are a team capable of matching Murray's $12 million demands too.
The Cardinals meanwhile, after seeing starter Andre Ellington going down with injury before last season was out, may feel the need to share the load moving forward - or find a new workhorse altogether. With Murray having had an insane 392 carries in 2014 he would certainly fit the bill.
The Jacksonville Jaguars may not be many player's first choice if only Super Bowl ring ambitions are taken into account. The Florida franchise does though have more money to spend than any other team in the league, and as such they have the ability to make a play at any free agent going this spring.
DeMarco Murray would give the team a whole new dimension after a year of the under-performing Toby Gerhart, and unpredictability of rookie Denard Robinson.
The Dallas Cowboys may have allowed Murray to test free agency but that doesn't mean they are done trying to bring him back for 2015.
After weeks of failed negotiations, the latest reports suggest the Cowboys still plan on making a "respectable offer" to Murray in the coming days. Although there are few examples where a player enters free agency only to re-sign with their most recent employer.
What do you think NFL fans? Where will DeMarco Murray end up, and were the Cowboys right to opt for Dez over DeMarco for the tag? Let us know in the comments section below...
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