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Give Murray a Butt-Slap and Move On

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    DeMarco Murray, of the Dallas Cowboys, left, and Heidi Mueller arrive at the 4th annual NFL Honors at the Phoenix Convention Center Symphony Hall on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2015.

    DeMarco Murray said all the right things in his press conference to introduce him to the Philly media on Thursday after he'd signed a new deal with the NFC East rival Eagles, and soon after, Murray jerseys were being burned by stupid Cowboys fans.

    As we've said several times here recently, Murray had one shot at a big contract, and he got it. It just so happened it was from the team that the Cowboys might hate the most and is definitely their biggest NFC East rival.

    Did he chase the biggest money? Nope. That came from the Oakland Raiders, according to several reports. But Murray wanted to play for a winning franchise, and after Dallas declined to give him what he wanted, the Eagles stepped up to the plate and did.

    Here's the deal, though. Murray isn't worth the money the Eagles gave him, and the Cowboys should be applauded for sticking with their master plan, holding the line on the dollar amount and not going overboard when they have several other holes to fill, especially on defense.

    Murray is never going to duplicate what he did in 2014, and according to solid historical data, he's bound to begin a rather sharp decline sooner rather than later.

    Here's what Cowboys fans should feel: Yes, it sucks that Murray is going to the hated Eagles, but applaud the guy for getting his one big deal of his career after a warrior season last year with the Cowboys. Applaud him for playing in that Indianapolis game just a few days after hand surgery. Applaud him for establishing a new, very effective identity for the Cowboys, an identity that will carry on with whoever the Cowboys draft to replace him.

    Take a deep breath, folks. It's going to be OK. And be happy for Murray, and then hope the new Cowboys defense lights him up when the teams meet on the field in 2015.