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DeMarco Murray could replace Marshawn Lynch if he retires

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Despite becoming the NFL's top running back last season, DeMarco Murray's future with the Dallas Cowboys is firmly up in the air, especially after Dallas's decision to franchise tag Dez Bryant on Monday. 

Looking for the first big payday of his career, DeMarco Murray - who accumulated an impressive 1,845 rushing yards in the 2014 regular season - is hoping to command a deal much bigger than the paltry $4 million a year offer currently on the table in Dallas.

One team definitely interested in paying big for tailbacks is the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, who currently have a $10 million a year deal on the table for Marshawn Lynch.

Will Lynch retire?

But there is no word yet on whether Lynch even wants to continue playing football, with the powerful back contemplating retirement.

Should Lynch decide to retire, NFL insider Ian Rapoport says that Seattle Seahawks will likely set their sights on DeMarco Murray.

"I would say based on my understanding of the situation there is a slim chance that DeMarco Murray would go back to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency," Rapoport explained on NFL Network

"He's going to test the free agency market, and once you get out there it's highly unlikely that players return to their previous team. Among the list of potential suitors for Murray is the Seattle Seahawks, if Marshawn Lynch does not accept the offer that the Seahawks have made to him."

Perfect fit for Seattle

Although this is obviously speculation from Rapoport, a deal for Murray would make complete sense for Seattle should Lynch retire.

Granted, Murray isn't the same forceful back that Lynch is, but you can't doubt his ability to churn out the yards.

The Dallas running back is the perfect player for Seattle. He's already proven that he can be a league-leading player without getting the plaudits, which is what Seattle wants.

The Seahawks are desperate for Russell Wilson to be the face of their franchise and not their own running back, meaning a productive and an underrated Murray is the perfect fit.

It remains to be seen whether Lynch does indeed decide to retire, but if he does, is Murray the perfect replacement for Marshawn? NFL fans leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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