Ed Werder of ESPN has spoken to sources who expect free agent RB DeMarco Murray to re-sign with the Cowboys if their contract offer is “equal or similar” to the kind of contracts he receives on the open market.
The Cowboys unsurprisingly used their franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant, which means Murray will be given an opportunity to meet with prospective teams in the coming weeks.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media mentioned that the Colts, Cardinals, Jaguars, and Seahawks could all be potential suitors for Murray in free agency.
- Rapoport added that Seattle, obviously, only be an option if RB Marshawn Lynch were to call it a career and retire.
The Colts and Jaguars could make things really hard on the Cowboys given that they both have a staggering amount of cap space to work with this offseason.
On top of that, the Cowboys have reportedly offered Murray a four-year contract worth just $16 million in total, which implies that they aren’t willing to spend top-dollar on a running back.
It would still be a mistake to rule out Murray being back in Dallas next year, but it will be interesting to see the kind of offers he receives.
Murray, 26, was extremely impressive this season, as he ran for 1,845 yards on 393 carries (4.7 YPC) and scored 13 touchdowns, over the course of 16 games while adding 57 receptions for 416 yards receiving.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 running back in the league out of 57 qualifying players.
We have Murray listed as the No. 9 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.