So, we still don't know if DeMarco Murray will be back in a Dallas Cowboys uniform in 2015, a year after he set the new franchise record for single-season rushing and helped the Cowboys forge a new identity as a power-running team capable of playing with the best teams in the league.
In a bit of a rare instance, Murray was recently seen at an SMU basketball game with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo, who had been seen at SMU games together before, but never with Murray.
It obviously stirred up some speculation as Murray is set to officially hit free agency next month, as players entering free agency usually don't hang out publicly with their teammates, but Murray said guys like Garrett and Romo are different.
“Those are my guys,” Murray told the team's website. “Like I said, I made it clear to everyone if I’m not here next year, Romo will be my guy, Witt [Jason Witten] will be my guy, Dez [Bryant] will be my guy. Jason will always be a great friend.”
Several of Murray's teammates, and his coach, have spoken publcly saying they hope Murray returns, and Garrett said that while he understands the logic against bringing Murray back after a season that saw him top 500 touches, he thinks Murray is different.
“I understand that running backs aren’t getting drafted in the first round and all that kind of stuff, and there’s concerns about longevity with this position,” Garrett said. “But this is a great football player who made a huge impact on our team this year. He’s got a lot of good years of football ahead of him.”