The reigning NFL rushing leader will get his chance to test the market and potentially find a team that will meet his salary demands.
The Dallas Cowboys will reportedly allow All-Pro RB and reigning NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray to test free agency.
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Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told FOX Sports on Saturday that contract talks with Murray, who set the Cowboys franchise record for rushing yards in a season en route to Offensive Player of the Year honors, have been “slow” and as a result the team will allow Murray to enter free agency unrestricted and test the market for his services.
“(Murray) is probably going to, you know, get some peace and see what’s out in the market and then we’ll talk and see. I do believe deep down he’d love to stay in Dallas,” Jones said.
Murray set an NFL record in 2014 with eight consecutive games with over 100 yards rushing. His 1,845 rushing yards on the season shattered the mark previously held by Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith.
“We’d love to keep him in Dallas; just see how things play out,” Jones added.
But the Cowboys do not have enough money or time to offer both Murray and All-Pro WR Dez Bryant the maximum deals they are seeking before the start of the NFL free agency. Bryant has recorded more TDs through the last five seasons than any other player in the NFL, and he is considered by most to be a much more important piece in the future of the Cowboys’ franchise.
The Cowboys can only place the exclusive franchise tag on one player – and all indications are that player will be Dez Bryant.