DeMarco Murray has been a solid running back for the Dallas Cowboys when he is on the field. He has set franchise records for rushing yards in a game, and bad huge games. He has carried the ball 416 times for 1,988 yards in his career. That averages out to a very respectable 4.8 yards per carry through out his career.
The problem is that Murray struggles to stay healthy and his durability has created doubts that he is capable of being an every down or lead back for the Cowboys. In two and about a half seasons, Murray has only played in 29 games. That is less than 11.5 games a season, in the first two seasons, or just barely over half a season, each season.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Cowboys are “no longer sold on DeMarco Murray as franchise running back.” That could make them players at the trade deadline, which would obviously have Cowboy fans feeling bittersweet.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been notorious for making bad and desperate trades. He has given away top draft picks for players expected to be the answer at their position. Most recently, the trade with the Detroit Lions for wide receiver Roy Williams.
ESPN’s Ed Werder though is contradicting the reports and says that he has heard from two sources that the Cowboys aren’t skeptical of Murray. They both also claim to have no knowledge of a possible trade for running back.
From #NFLGameDay: Cowboys no longer sold on DeMarco Murray as franchise RB. Have had discussions about adding. Watch them at trade deadline
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 20, 2013
Two Cowboys sources tell me this morning they have no idea about report team skeptical of @DeMarcoMurray and have no knowledge about RB deal
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 20, 2013