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#pounditWednesday, January 26, 2022

DeMarco Murray would reportedly give Cowboys hometown discount

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As expected, the Dallas Cowboys decided to use their franchise tag on Dez Bryant rather than DeMarco Murray. Keeping both Bryant and Murray — in addition to Tony Romo’s massive salary — is going to be incredibly challenging for Jerry Jones and company. A hometown discount would help.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Murray is expected to remain with the Cowboys if they offer a salary similar to the one he could receive on the open market.

According to Pro Football Talk, Werder also noted that Murray would even be willing to accept a “small hometown discount” if Dallas offers slightly less than other teams. If some team blows the Cowboys’ offer out of the water, Murray will leave.

A lot of teams avoid signing running backs to lucrative contracts, but there is no arguing that Murray was the engine that made the Cowboys go in 2014. The 27-year-old carried the ball a whopping 392 times and caught 57 passes. Plus, the other top running back that is reportedly interested in playing in Dallas could command even more money than Murray.

Personally, I don’t think the Cowboys should break the bank for Murray given his age and injury history. But if he’s willing to take less than market value, the decision would be a bit easier.

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