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RB DeMarco Murray - Dallas Cowboys

5-10, 213Born: 2-12-1988College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 3

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17 at WAS 20 100 1 3 3 21 0 0
18 vs DET 19 75 1 4 3 22 0 0
19 at GB 25 123 1 2 1 5 0 1

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 18 vs DET (19 / 75 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Despite 97 total yards, Murray was held in check by the Detroit front seven and limited to a handful of chunk gains. When Murray had a head of steam, he churned out yards after contact. However, the Lions stacked up the line of scrimmage on a majority of Murray's between-the-tackles looks. Murray threw in a dropped outlet target for good measure in a non-descript opening half. In the second half, Murray balanced out Dallas' offense during their comeback effort. Murray ripped off gains of 10 and 14 yards respectively, including running over a defender to finish off one of the runs. Murray converted a red zone carry, but was called back by a Jason Witten holding penalty at the point of attack. On the same drive, Murray was stuffed on a third down goal line prior to converting on a fourth down plunge.

2014 Week 19 vs GB (25 / 123 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

The first half DeMarco Murray was filled with hard yards and short-yardage conversions in the playoff loss in Green Bay. Murray rarely saw a well-blocked hole at the line of scrimmage and the Packers front seven penetrated the backfield on occasion. Murray did, however, convert three third-and-one opportunities, including one in field goal range. On Murray's highlight run of the first half, he turned a loss into a three-yard gain with a broken tackle behind the line of scrimmage. In the third quarter, a promising Dallas drive stalled with Murray losing a fumble near midfield. Without a rogue arm knocking the ball away Murray had a wide open lane for a substantial gain. Green Bay got a field goal out of the short field, eating away at Dallas' tenuous lead. Murray finally found running room with a well-blocked edge, nearly scoring at the pylon. Murray finished off the drive with a goal line touchdown. Two more plays highlighted Murray's strong playoff performance. He absorbed a hit at the line of scrimmage, spinning away for five yards. Later, Murray benefited from the strong blocking of Dez Bryant downfield plus a huge hole for 30 yards.

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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray getting support from QB (Fri Jan 23, 06:29 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is getting support from QB Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015.

Our View: The Cowboys have to bring Murray back, right? We can't imagine him signing with another team after the season he had with Dallas in 2014. He's the engine to the offense, and it would be incredibly difficult to replace him. Murray is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but we feel the Cowboys will find a way to bring him back.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray more than a rusher (Thu Jan 22, 09:22 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray was in pass protection on 52 more plays than any other running back on the roster in 2014.

Our View: Murray is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2015. He's a do-everything back who can dominate on Sundays. We'll see if the Cowboys can secure him with a new long-term contract in 2015.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray could be cap casualty (Thu Jan 15, 10:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray will be tough sign to a long-term extension if WR Dez Bryant is also signed, team owner Jerry Jones said Thursday, Jan. 15. Jones called the prospect of signing both players 'possible' but not 'financially reasonable.'

Our View: Murray could hit the open market, which could net him some serious coin. He's coming off the best year of his career after rushing for 1,845 yards (and 13 rushing touchdowns) in 2014. Running backs don't break the bank on the open market, but Murray could certainly sign the largest contract of any back available in free agency this year.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray, team disagree on value (Tue Jan 13, 09:16 PM) - The Dallas Cowboys and impending free-agent RB DeMarco Murray and disagree on his value. The team offered him a four-year deal worth slightly more than $16 million. He might test the open market, or the team could slap him with the franchise tag.

Our View: At this moment, Murray looks more likely to be elsewhere next season than on the Dallas Cowboys. Sixteen million is more along the lines of what Murray should garner in guaranteed money than full contract value. Chances are the starting RB for the Cowboys in 2015 is not on the roster right now. Adrian Peterson has been mentioned in connection with Cowboys a lot since it became clear he might not be with the Vikings next year.
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Cowboys | Franchise tag for DeMarco Murray? (Tue Jan 13, 12:11 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray, who will be a free agent this March, could receive a franchise or transition tag from the team if they reach a multi-year deal with WR Dez Bryant first. 'I'm not worried about my future,' Murray said. 'I just lost a big game, the biggest game of my life. Just not worried about it right now. Just relax with my family and get away from it for a little bit.'

Our View: Murray is the biggest name free agent at the running back position. The Cowboys could prevent him from testing the open market by placing the franchise tag on him. The single-season number for a franchise-tagged back will be around $11 million in 2015. If tagged, Murray would have until mid-July to work out a new long-term contract with the team.
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