Did Jerry Jones shade former Cowboys Pro Bowler in discussing value of RBs?

Jerry Jones either isn't aware of recent Cowboys history or threw shade at this former Pro Bowler.
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The outlook of the Dallas Cowboys' backfield has been a major talking point all offseason following the release of Ezekiel Elliott.

Tony Pollard is assuming the lead role for the first time in his career, though most would argue he was the preferred option last season despite finishing with less carries than Elliott. Overall, Pollard was more efficient and productive than Elliott, and it wasn't even close.

While Pollard looks healthy at training camp following ankle surgery, the options behind the star running back leave something to be desired. In many ways, though, the state of the room is an encapsulation of the team's newly-adopted strategy as far as not committing big-time resources to the position.

Jerry Jones was asked about at the Cowboys' introductory training camp press conference. Jones touched on Elliott's release, while EVP Stephen Jones revealed the team offered Pollard a contract extension, and discussed the steadily declining value of the RB position.

Losing a running back isn't uncharted territory for the owner, who made mention of DeMarco Murray's departure following the 2014 season.

There was only one problem ...

Did Jerry Jones slight former Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray?

Perhaps Jones forgot Murray signed with the Eagles? It's not like an owner to forget recent team history, but Murray's one-year stint in Philadelphia was so forgetful that maybe it skipped Jones' mind that Murray signed there. Regardless it was less than 10 years ago. It's not like we're talking about the mid-90s Cowboys.

Who knows? Maybe Jones still holds a grudge that Murray signed with Dallas' biggest rival. Then again, maybe Eagles fans forgot Murray spent 2015 with the team.

Coming off one of the best seasons by a Dallas RB in franchise history in 2014, the franchise surprisingly let Murray walk that offseason. They didn't even extend franchise tag. He was allowed to test the marked and wound up in Philly.

In 2014, Murray was named the AP Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 1,845 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns to go with 57 catches for 416 yards. He finished third in MVP voting and was a first-team All-Pro.

Letting Murray walk proved to be right decision. In 2015, tallied 706 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 3.6 yards per carry in six starts. Murray returned to the Pro Bowl the following year with the Titans, but 2017 mirrored his time with the Eagles and he was ultimately released and later retired.

With all that in mind, we're left with one of two conclusions: Either Jones doesn't recall recent Cowboys history, or the owner decided to throw shade at Murray for signing with the Eagles, which ultimately was his prerogative given Dallas didn't do as much as extend the franchise tag.

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