Philadelphia Eagles sign DeMarco Murray (four years, $42 million)
DeMarco Murray was phenomenal in 2014, leading the NFL in rushing yards (1,845), rushing touchdowns (13) and carries (392). So the Eagles signing him was a great move, especially since they took him away from the rival Dallas Cowboys, right? Not exactly.
The 2014 season was the first time in his four-year career that Murray actually made it through a campaign without missing time due to injury. He also carried the ball 175 more times than he had in any other season, and was running behind what is arguably the best offensive line in football.
If you count his receptions, Murray touched the ball a whopping 449 times in 2014.
Considering he’s now 27 years old and has a history of breaking down physically, he is a perfect candidate to have a serious letdown in 2015 and beyond.
Murray got $18 million in guaranteed money from the Eagles, but will also receive another $3 million added to that on the third day of the 2017 season. This isn’t a knock specifically on Murray specifically because I’m not sure any running back is worth that much money in today’s NFL. Especially since there are at least five running backs in the 2015 NFL Draft class who could be starters in 2015.
The smart move for the Eagles would have been drafting their replacement for LeSean McCoy in the second or third round this year, instead of sinking $21 million into an oft-injured ball-carrier.
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