Both DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys have taken their fair share of criticism this offseason after failing to agree terms on a new long-term deal.
The running back for jumping ship to the Cowboys' fiercest rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. And the Dallas Cowboys for failing to pony up and pay the reigning Offensive Player of The Year.
Last ditch appeal
The latter made clear their stance was based on financial restrictions brought about by the salary cap, but an anecdote from franchise quarterback Tony Romo today may lead Cowboys fans to question the decision-making process.
Speaking today, Romo revealed that, such was Murray's desire to sign a new deal with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, he went to the QB to ask him to take a pay cut. And Romo was more than happy to oblige.
"I said, 'I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this...I was like, 'They're going to restructure me.' That's the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends again," Romo explained during an appearance on Dallas radio show, 105.3 The Fan.
"I would take $5 million less if it meant getting him back," - Tony Romo on Murray
The fact that Romo openly admits he would happily have dropped down the pay scale to ensure he could hand the ball of to DeMarco Murray in the 2015 season begs the question; why didn't the Cowboys hierarchy get this done?
Romo's huge contract is set to count $27.7 million against the cap in 2015 (an NFL high) and undoubtedly needs restructuring. The belief is that this will happen sooner rather than later with the QB seeing his $17 million base salary reduced to as low as $1 million with bonuses making up the difference.
Clearly though the Cowboys never went to Romo to propose such an option when in the midst of negotiations with DeMarco Murray. And the quarterback obviously never took Murray's plea to Jerry Jones either.
While Murray had spoken prior to his Philly move of the hope he could remain with the Cowboys, this revelation shows just how serious he was about it.
The Dallas Cowboys, despite Murray's staggering 2014 campaign, appear not to have shared his desperation - simply failing to believe the running back was worth the money. They never went higher than a $24 million, four-year deal
When you consider the Eagles ended up paying him $42 million over five-years, a Romo restructuring may not have been enough to keep Murray in Dallas regardless.
That won't help stop the frustration when Cowboys fans watch DeMarco Murray run out in Philly green knowing that he went to the team's leader to discuss how he could remain at the AT&T.
What do you think Cowboys fans? Are Dallas to blame for not getting a deal done, or was Murray demanding too much to? Let us know in the comments section below...
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