DeMarco Murray has quickly become a fan favorite for the Dallas Cowboys’ fans, regardless of the health issues that he’s had in the past. Murray played 14 games last year, but many felt that he was considered “healthy” all season. It’s amazing to think that there is even more upside for Murray than what we’ve seen.
Murray has the ability to top five yards per carry consistently, which he did all of last season, ending with an average of 5.2 YPC. He’s the type of player that you love to have on your roster because he’s completely unselfish and just wants to see his team get a win. While Murray hasn’t gotten the ball nearly as much as he should have in the past, this year may be a good bit different, and it may determine whether or not he remains a Cowboy for life, as he’s stated he wants to be.
Murray’s health issues are well-documented, but his production is also well-documented. Murray made it known in a big way that he wants to be a part of this team for now, and for the long haul as well. He also stated that he wants to help Tony Romo and Jason Witten win a Super Bowl before they retire.
So, what has to happen for Murray to be a Cowboy for life?
Well, for starters he’ll need to be aware of what other free agent running back contracts are looking like currently in the NFL. If he is simply asking for too much money after this season, then the Cowboys won’t bring him back, especially with the need to re-sign both Tyron Smith and Dez Bryant. The other key factor is that he needs to stay healthy in 2014. If the Cowboys are going to sign Murray for the long term, he needs to show that he can be durable moving forward in his career.