The Eagles announced that they’ve officially signed RB DeMarco Murray to a five-year deal.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 12, 2015
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that the Eagles have signed RB DeMarco Murray‘s deal with the Eagles is expected to be a five-year, $42 million contract that includes $21 million guaranteed.
- Schefter adds that Murray’s $21 million guaranteed has $18 million fully guaranteed for skill and injury.
- This would pay him an average salary of $8.4 million, which is a far cry from the $5 million per year the Cowboys are reportedly offering him.
It seemed like the interest from the Eagles was a leverage play Murray and his camp to get the Cowboys to step up and offer more to bring him back, but it looks like the Eagles’ interest was genuine.
This move essentially pushes RB Ryan Mathews out of the picture, even though he had an agreement with the team on a three-year contract.
It’s surprising, to say the least, that the Eagles wound up trading LeSean McCoy to the Bills and replaced him with the No. 1 running back from a division rival.
Murray, 26, was extremely impressive this season. He ran for 1,845 yards on 393 carries (4.7 YPC) and scored 13 touchdowns, over the course of 16 games and added another 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 had Murray listed as the No. 9 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.