Did Murray Panic by Calling Chip Kelly?

After almost 48 hours of free agency, Dallas Cowboys’ All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray still remains unsigned. According to reports, Murray is visiting the division rival Philadelphia Eagles today after reaching out to coach Chip Kelly Wednesday morning via a phone call.murray

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made their interest in Murray well-known and have talked with him and his representatives, but Murray does not seem interested in joining them.

It looks like the three teams still in the hunt for Murray’s services are the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys.

In my opinion, it seemed a little desperate for Murray to actually call Kelly and express his desire to play in their spread offense with newly acquired quarterback Sam Bradford. Murray and Bradford were roommates at the University of Oklahoma and played together for three years. Is Murray truly interested in joining his former teammate in Philadelphia or is he attempting to drive up the market for his services?

It is believed Murray is seeking a deal that surpasses LeSean McCoy’s 5-year, 40 million contract he just signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Getting over 8 million a year from the Cowboys or Eagles seems highly unlikely. The Cowboys believe that is too much money to spend on a running back and have told Murray to bring any offers back to them before signing. The Eagles signed former San Diego Chargers’ running back Ryan Matthews yesterday to a 12 million dollar contract over three years. It does not seem financially prudent for Kelly to sign Murray to anything over 4 million a year when he still needs to replace wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and continue upgraders to the Eagles’ defense.

Murray led the NFL in rushing last year with over 1,800 yards running behind one of the top lines in the league. Where he plays next year could down to familiarity with the Cowboys, curiosity with the Eagles, and money with the Raiders.

If I am Murray, I return to Dallas if the offer is at least 6 million a season. He can build on this year’s breakout season instead of sharing the backfield with Matthews in Philadelphia or Latavius Murray in Oakland.

And that’s…as I see it!

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