Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) rushes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Should the Dallas Cowboys extend DeMarco Murray?

Dallas Cowboys’ running back DeMarco Murray has had a very productive career thus far and after taking over as the full-time starting running back last season, he proved he can be an excellent starting running back.

At just 26 years old, it looks like the Cowboys have found a gem in the former Oklahoma Sooners’ star.

In his twitter mailbag, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas wrote that he believes it would be wise for the Cowboys to at least consider extending Murray.

I’d look at it for sure. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about new deals for Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith but haven’t talked as much about DeMarco Murray. I think he turned a corner late last season. He finished strong. When he plays, the Cowboys are a different team. It’s hard to ignore the numbers. But he is a running back and the view is they are generally replaceable. Unless you have Adrian Peterson, you don’t pay megabucks. Do you think the Cowboys want a redo on the Marion Barber deal from a few years ago? The biggest free-agent contract given to a back this offseason was three years, $10.5 million. I think Murray — or his agent — has to have noticed that. But what would he accept? As a third-round pick, he is looking for his biggest payday. The Cowboys like him a lot. So what’s the middle ground? I think I’d look at four years, $16 million. Murray is only 26. The four-year extension would take him to 30 years old, which is the magic number for backs.

Murray rushed for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns on 217 carries.

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