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The Cowboys Were Interested In DeMarco Murray, But Not Really

The former Cowboy running back is now a former Eagles running back, but how close was Murray in coming back to Dallas?

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If you haven't noticed lately, the Philadelphia Eagles are in the midst of a Chip Kelly Fire Sale as they unload several of the big-name players he acquired during last year's off-season. Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell were traded to the Miami Dolphins, and DeMarco Murray was traded to the Tennessee Titans. And it's not too late to get in on it. If you act now, the Eagles will throw in a set of Chip Kelly memento playing cards that features your choice of Rocky Balboa or the Philly Phanatic. Each one is worth a four-yard loss.

There is no secret that Murray wanted out of Philadelphia. And just like that, he's out. Before the Titans closed the deal, there were other teams also interested in Murray's services and the Cowboys were reportedly one of them. But just how serious could the Cowboys be? Let's put all the factors on the table:

  • The Cowboys were only willing to pay Murray $6 million a season last year. So, why would they absorb some of the money the Eagles owed him?
  • The Eagles want draft pick compensation for Murray.
  • Darren McFadden was fourth in the league in rushing last season with 1,089 yards. He cost the Cowboys $2.15 million this season.
  • Murray is a year older. He is now 28 years old and that much closer to 30.
  • There are some good running backs coming up in the draft.

All these things don't really make a good case for going after Murray. Yes, he set a franchise rushing record with 1,845 yards in 2014. That's more than Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, and even Troy Hambrick. We all know that DeMarco would do fabulous behind the Cowboys offensive line because, well...we've seen it. But getting him back on the team was just never something that was going to happen.

Despite that, it does bring out an interesting thought. If the Cowboys showed some degree of interest in Murray, does that mean they would consider throwing some money at another talented back? Say...Lamar Miller?

Many fans would love to see Miller play for the Cowboys. The front office may have an interest in Miller, but again - what level of interest would that be? If the Cowboys have a firm amount in mind, that's not going to carry a lot power when it comes to outbidding other teams for the free agent running back.

What do you think of the Cowboys showing interest in Murray? Do you think they are getting ready to make a big move for a strong running back talent?

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