Should The Cowboys Extend DeMarco Murray’s Contract?

Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT

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Here’s today’s poll question:

Should The Cowboys Extend DeMarco Murray's Contract This Offseason?

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Here’s my take:

“Murray is entering the final year of his rookie contract. This offseason would be a good time to extend him. Because of his injury history, the Cowboys could make out like bandits if they play their cards right. And Murray is coming off the best season of his short career. I think it makes sense and cents to lock him up now.“

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  • Scott Aldridge

    Lock him up for three-four years on modest contract. Do not overpay him like the others. Running back is a dying bread in the nfl. I would rather solidify offensive line and continue to draft running backs late in draft and see who succeeds behind a solid offensive line.

    • SmartThinking

      I concur. Jones’ penchant for paying super star dollars for players that flatline after receiving the first installment check is legendary in its whimsy. This team was gutted this season, especially on defense. Dallas must rebuild carefully, with an eye towards getting the most value for the money. Otherwise, the Cowboys are doomed to repeat what the last three years have bought us for our efforts.

  • Old Frog

    I say let him play out his final year then trade him to another team who is willing to pay up to get him. Other teams show us every year that quality backs are available in the lower rounds.

  • sink

    Murray is injury prone! How can a running back help a team when he is not on the field? Dump em and build for the future.

  • Jimmy DeMarco

    I agree that Murray is injury prone. But based on his numbers, he’s definitely a top back in this league. Guy avg 5.2 yds per carry this year. Missed 2 games and left 2 games early, Washington and Minnesota. Only had 20 carries or more 3 times this year, and only 1 game of 20 carries or more in his final 6 games of the year. He had 6 games this year where he had 15 carries or less. And he still rushed for 1,121 yards.

    If he’s healthy this year and is utilized properly, he’s easily a 1,500 plus yards a year guy.
    Again, his health is absolutely a question mark going forward with him.

    But something that I never hear anyone bring up is Lee. I understand he’s under contract for a few years and he’s an elite linebacker in this league. But he’s never played a full season and has only played 17 games combined in the past 2 years.

    Isn’t it fair to put Lee in that “injury prone” category?
    If our leader on defense can’t stay on the field, shouldn’t that be a concern as well?

    We all know running backs are not a premium position anymore. You can always find a guy late in the draft that can be a serviceable player or even a stud if you get lucky.
    But elite ILB like Lee don’t grow on trees, especially for a team who never drafts guys from top schools.

    If anything, Lee should be more of a concern that Murray.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Re-sign him with an incentive focused contract. Just like Lee. Don’t break the bank on someone with an injury history. Make the contract performance based.

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