The Eagles just lassoed away one of the best players from the archrival Dallas Cowboys and one of the NFL’s top superstars to add yet another chapter to one of the most bizarre offseasons in team history.
Looking to replace LeSean McCoy, whom they dealt to Buffalo last week, the Eagles capitalized on a rare opportunity to sign a Pro Bowl free-agent running back by inking DeMarco Murray to a five-year deal worth a reported $42 million deal with $21 million guaranteed.
The 27-year-old Murray’s deal is worth more total money over the length of the contract than McCoy’s. McCoy signed an extension with Buffalo worth $40 million over five years but picked up $26.5 million in guaranteed money.
Murray led the NFL last season in rushing attempts (392), yards (1,845) and touchdowns (13). He made the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. His 4.8 career yards-per-carry average is tied for third-highest among active NFL running backs.
Even with a track record of injuries, Murray stayed healthy in 2014 despite the heavy workload and helped lead Dallas to an NFC East title and into the second round of the playoffs.
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