One of the biggest problems with the Dallas Cowboys is that they just can’t seem to get out of their own way. It seems the organization wouldn’t know a good thing if it hit them in the mouth.
The latest rumors are suggesting that running back DeMarco Murray may very well be seeing his last days as a Dallas Cowboy once this season ends.
The thought of seeing Murray leave for the free agent market might just be one of the dumbest moves that Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones could possibly make.
I will say one thing: It is nice for once to see Jones not spring to ink a player to a huge contract before his current contract expires. But all signs are pointing to the fact that the front office might not even be interested.
I totally get that Murray might be a bit injury prone, but the former Sooner had a great finish to the year. And that fact gives me a glimmer of hope that he can pull through an entire season.
Do we so soon forget that Murray is the first 1,000 yard rusher that Dallas has had since a certain guy named Emmitt Smith? Remember that he also was able to do so while only playing in 14 games. And in that time Murray was still able to maintain a 5.2 yards per carry average.
Those numbers sound pretty good right?
Let us also take note that Murray only averaged 15.5 rush attempts per game. Can we all say underused? I don’t think that we need to pull out the tapes of the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers games to know that Callahan deserved his demotion. It’s a bit frustrating to hear about our struggling run game when our starting back ranks 4th in the league in yards per carry behind an offensive line that blocked exceptionally well all year.
Murray has to be kept, its really as simple as that. Need I remind you of the Troy Hambricks’ and Julius Jones’? Don’t overpay. Simply pay him what he’s worth. And if that means factoring in injury proneness in his contract, then do so. It’s exactly the same thing the team did with linebacker Sean Lee’s contract extension last season.
Dallas has many holes to fill before a championship can seriously be expected. But letting go of one of our best young talents would be one of the bigger mistakes I’ve seen from this front office in awhile.