If you truly cherish your girlfriend, you lock her up. You put a ring on it. What do you have if you tell her to go test the open market and come back when she finds a decent offer?
You have yourself an ex-girlfriend.
Call it arrogance, respect, risky or simply a mistake, the Cowboys are about to let the NFL’s leading rusher walk out the door. With no assurances he’ll ever return.
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With free agency looming next week, the Cowboys haven’t held serious contract negotiations with running back DeMarco Murray. It’s a sign that they don’t want to set the bar in his bidding process.
But it’s also a strategy that could backfire.
Truth is, Murray will likely get a contract offer from an NFL team in the $6+ million-a-year range. At that point, the Cowboys hope Murray returns to them and allows a chance to match – or beat – the deal. But unless something drastically changes, he won’t. And they can't.
The Cowboys followed a similar game plan last year with all-time sacks leader DeMarcus Ware. They allowed him to flirt with other teams, with the hope he’d give them the final at-bat and home-field advantage. But it took one day for Ware to sign a three-year contract with the Broncos.
He felt more wanted in another city. It’s hard to fathom Murray feeling any different.
Murray says he loves Dallas and that playing for a winning team is a priority over money. And the Cowboys maintain that – ideally – they’d love to keep their star running back.
But like they did with Ware, the Cowboys might wind up losing one of their all-time best players … without ever making an official bid to keep him.
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.