The Dallas Cowboys shocked fans and experts alike when they drafted a running back in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.That back was of course DeMarco Murray out of Oklahoma. After a sensational rookie campaign, Dallas and it’s fans believe they had gotten the steal of the draft. Now, nearly three years later, it appears Dallas might be moving on from Murray as a starter.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted the following he announced on Game Day Morning via the NFL Network this morning that team sources are telling him Murray is done is Dallas:
#NFLGameDay: Cowboys no longer sold on DeMarco Murray as franchise RB. Have had discussions about adding. Watch them at trade deadline
DallasCowboys.com analyst and scout Bryan Broaddus denied the rumors and responded to our inquiry tweet with his own:
I just talked with a couple of different sources and they had no idea about the NFL.com report about the RB situation.
#False - @BryanBroaddus
ESPN’s NFL analyst Ed Werder tweeted a similar response:
Two Cowboys sources tell me this morning they have no idea about report team skeptical of
@DeMarcoMurray and have no knowledge about RB deal
Regardless, Murray’s inability to stay healthy is his Achilles heal. The third year player will miss his tenth game in total as a member of the Dallas Cowboys against the Philadelphia Eagles today. Murray sprained his MCL in last weeks’ matchup against the Washington Redskins. Rookie running back and 2013 fifth round pick out of Oklahoma State, Joseph Randle, is expected to get his first start of his career.
If Dallas is looking to make a trade, one possible source of trade bait could be veteran receiver Miles Austin. Although his value is hurt by his recent slew of hamstring issues, Austin has become a luxury due to the emergence of rookie wideout Terrance Williams.