The Dallas Cowboys will enter the 2014 season with DeMarco Murray as their starting running back. But beyond that? Things are a question mark.
Murray was very good for the Cowboys in 2013 – actually leading all rushers in yards per carry (those that qualified) with 5.17 yards. Apparently though, that won’t be enough to get him a contract extension moving forward.
Per ESPN Dallas:
It’s doubtful if the Cowboys will look to extend Murray’s contract, like they have with other younger players on the team such as Dan Bailey, Orlando Scandrick, Sean Lee and Barry Church. However, he does have a future. Drafting a running back won’t happen this year, given the holes on the defense, but there’s expectations Randle will get better.
Murray is in the final year of his rookie contract and will make a relatively minimal (given his production) $755,000 dollars next season.
It’s not common for NFL teams to commit to running backs before their contracts are up, though some did believe the Cowboys would attempt to lock Murray up this offseason.