Dallas Cowboys’ running back DeMarco Murray has developed into one of better backs in football.
Last season, Murray rushed for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns on 217 carries and caught 53 passes for another 350 yards and a touchdown. Although his final game of the season, in a 24-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with the postseason was poor (because quarterback Tony Romo missed the game and the Cowboys were forced to play Kyle Orton), three of his four best games came down the stretch when the Cowboys were fighting to get into the playoff. That may help alleviate some of the Cowboys’ concerns about his health and perhaps make them more apt to give Murray an extension.
Of course, giving running backs an extension isn’t always the best idea because they don’t have much a shelf life. However, in Murray’s case, it could be the time because he has only played three seasons and is just 26 year old. The problem the Cowboys have is they are exploring extending two other offensive players – wide receiver Dez Bryant and offensive tackle Tyron Smith.
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas believes the Cowboys will “eventually’ re-sign Murray.
“@zacgrantham: do you think the Cowboys will re-sign Demarco Murray?” — Eventually yes
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 13, 2014
Murray was originally selected by the Cowboys with the 71st-overall selection in the third round of the 2011 Draft. In his three-year career, he has played in 37 of a possible 48 games. He has 2,681 yards and 15 touchdowns on 542 career carries and 784 yards and one touchdown on 114 career receptions.