2014 NFL Rushing Champ Has No Place on 2016 Cowboys

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With Joseph Randle out of the league (and his mind) and Lance Dunbar in limbo after major surgery, the Cowboys need a reliable veteran backup running back to Darren McFadden.

Matte Forte? Absolutley. Alfred Morris? Perhaps. Lamar Miller? Hmm. DeMarco Murray? Wait, what the what?! Nope.

Even in the face of a 4-12 season when two of their projected top three backs didn’t finish the season on the active roster, the Cowboys were right to pass on Murray’s hefty price last spring.

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Murray proved he wasn’t worth the $8 million paid him by the Eagles.

I mean, sure, on paper it would be a nice reunion. Murray’s the perfect fit for Dallas’ offense, just as he was so imperfect for whatever Chip Kelly was trying to do in Philadelphia. The Eagles are likely to shop Murray, but the Cowboys should listen only at a drastically discounted price.

No way they should have paid to keep Murray at that price. And no way they should pay it to bring him back.

The Cowboys have lots of holes to fill. Breaking the bank for former one-season wonders isn’t a smart way to do business.

Give me McFadden at his salary of $1.5 million in 2016 over Murray at $8 million.

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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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