Sometimes no news really is good news.
Like when you’re cringing at the phone call from the doctor about those “results.” Or waiting to hear about the potential job re-location to Des Moines. Or when it comes to DeMarco Murray and his free-agent suitors.
As in, so far so good for the Cowboys.
There were the expected rumors and rumblings about the reigning NFL rushing champ yesterday as free agency kicked off. Murray’s name was linked to the Eagles, Raiders and Jaguars. But as Tuesday melted into Wednesday, the Cowboys looked smarter and smarter for not bidding against themselves.
For now at least, it looks like Dallas was right in expecting a “thin” market for Murray.
“Stephen Jones is running his show and he’s doing it right,” former NFL executive and ESPN analyst Bill Polian said this morning. “He’s betting there won’t be a huge market out there for DeMarco and it looks like he just might be right.”
The Cowboys have said they want Murray back and the star runner’s No. 1 goal would be to return to Dallas. It might the best option. It could be the only option.
The Raiders have a No. 1 back they love in Latavius Murray and they just signed ex-Redskin Roy Helu. The Eagles are on the verge of signing former Charger Ryan Matthews this morning. The Jaguars are throwing money around, but while they wanted to meet with Murray last night he was instead at the Mavs game – chatting with head coach Jason Garrett.
The fear in this whole process was an eager team offering Murray in the range of $9 million a year and threatening to pull the deal if he went back to the Cowboys and allowed them the chance to match it. In the wave of March Madness that swept through the NFL yesterday, the Cowboys seemed to have dodged that bullet.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.