Former Cowboy headed for Philly
Posted Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 8:05 PM
Running back DeMarco Murray was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday.
DALLAS — Dirty Birds score big courtesy of the Cowboys' epic fail. Running back DeMarco Murray has traded in his grey and blue uniform for green and white tights. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addressed Murry's trade to the Philadelphia Eagles in a press release earlier.
"We are very grateful to DeMarco Murray for his contributions to the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said. "He is a quality person, a very good football player, and a player that we wanted to keep."
In 2011, during his rookie campaign, Murray rushed for 897 yards. Despite a foot injury in 2012, Murray rushed for 663 yards in just 10 games. In 2013, Murray had a career-high 1,121 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.
"We have great appreciation for his skills, and if there was no salary cap in place, DeMarco would be a Cowboy," Jones continued. "This came down to an allocation of dollars within the management of the salary cap. Obviously there is emotion involved in these decisions, but it is critical that there be must be discipline involved as well. If it were a question of having an open checkbook with no salary cap constraints, we all know things would have worked out differently."
Murray signed a five-year deal with the Eagles worth $42 million and $21 million in guaranteed money. In 2011, Murray's first professional contract was $2.97 million for four years with a signing bonus of $622,000.
"We have recently made significant commitments to top players who are currently on the team, specifically at key positions such as quarterback, left tackle and wide receiver, and we were comfortable with the offer that we made to DeMarco to include him in that structure," Jones explained.
"These are difficult decisions that are part of the NFL. They are decisions that take into account the entire team, the current economic structure of the team, and the financial concerns for the short and long term future of the team."
In 2014, Murray won the NFL rushing title, as he torched defenses for 1,845 yards rushing. He also set the Cowboys franchise rushing record for consecutive games with 100+ yards rushing (12).
Murray broke Emmitt Smith's Cowboys franchise single-season rushing record in 2014. And Murray was named to his 2nd Pro Bowl appearance. In the end, the numbers don't lie. Murray was a beast that helped propel the Cowboys to their best regular season record in four years.
"At the end of the day, this is about finding the best way to collectively fit all of the individual pieces together, in terms of talent, offensive players, defensive players and dollars--under the salary cap structure--that gives you the best chance to have a championship team."
And what is his reward for all his hard work and dedication? Murray has been essentially banished to the Phantom Zone. This is yet another brilliant move by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Please, note copious amounts of sarcasm.