Unconfirmed reports indicate the Dallas Cowboys have traded the fourth overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft to the Tennessee Titans in order to reacquire running back DeMarco Murray.
Note: This article was originally published on April 1, 2016.
After a year in Philadelphia with the Eagles, and a quick stop in Tennessee, unconfirmed reports out of Valley Ranch this morning are indicating that the Dallas Cowboys have traded the fourth overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft to the Titans for running back DeMarco Murray.
The Cowboys had tremendous success the last time Murray was the starting running back in Dallas. Not only did the now-28 year old veteran lead the league in rushing with 1,845 yards on a league-high 392 carries in 2014, but the Cowboys ended the season with a 12-4 record, went undefeated on the road and posted their first playoff victory in five years.
Although the official news of Murray’s trade back to Dallas remains unconfirmed by the Cowboys themselves, the talented running back took to Twitter early this morning to announce his triumphed return to fans.
Last offseason, Murray left the Cowboys to play for their NFC East rivals, the Eagles, in free agency. Philly snatched the league’s leading rusher away from Dallas by signing him to a massive five-year, $42 million contract. It was simply an amount of money the Cowboys were uncomfortable offering an aging running back who had missed a total of 11 games in his first three years in the league due to injuries.
But now, it appears the Cowboys have had a change of heart. And one analyst believes he knows way.
"“The Cowboys toyed with the idea of bringing [DeMarco Murray] back when the Eagles had him on the trading block earlier this offseason,” speculated longtime football analyst Ronald Mexico Friday morning. “But at the time, they figured the price was too high. After evaluating the talent in this year’s draft class, Dallas executives must have thought it would be better for the organization to bring in an experienced veteran over an inexpensive, likely even more talented rookie. And I, for one, applaud them for thinking outside the box.”"
Last season, Murray struggled in Philadelphia rushing for only 702 yards. That was 1,123 yards less than his previous season in Dallas. That partially resulted in Eagles head coach Chip Kelly being unemployed at the end of the year and Murray being shipped off to Tennessee last month. He’ll now play in Dallas at a reduced salary, $25.5 million over the next four years.
The Cowboys originally drafted Murray in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. A mere five years later, America’s Team is now giving up a first round pick to get him back. Upon his return to the field for Dallas, Murray will once again try to find success behind the best offensive line in football.
But that’s not the only news that should excite Cowboys fans! There are also unconfirmed reports that former Dallas head coach Jimmy Johnson is supposedly returning to the Cowboys as their new general manager. And owner Jerry Jones has just sold the team to Mark Cuban.
And…of course, if you are reading this you should be congratulated. You have successfully “sniffed” us out. Like all the paragraphs above, the DeMarco tweet, and the Ron Mexico quote; this entire story is a farce and completely phony. Happy April Fools Day from the entire Landry Hat Staff!
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