Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appeared Thursday at Texas Rangers spring training, and by the time the media got a chance to speak with him, DeMarco Murray was long gone to the Eagles on a deal worth $21 million guaranteed.
Among other things, Romo admitted that he tried to lobby Murray into staying. Here’s the transcript of what Romo had to say:
“I have not talked to him today. I talked to him yesterday and this weekend. Yeah, I talked to him. I saw that he ended up signing, and it was a tough decision. I know it was tough on him the last 48 hours. Any time you have a close friend that moves teams, it’s never easy, especially when he’s going within the division. But that’s part of playing in the National Football League. It is a business. Our team, we love him. He’s been great for us.
“It just happened. All the way up until today, I was still thinking that we were going to be able to get DeMarco. Obviously, it’s not an ideal situation. I’m losing a close friend, too. That part of it’s tough. But you have to trust the process and the people making the decision. We have salary-cap implications and other things that they have to decide. That plays a role in that stuff. The Eagles obviously thought as highly of him as we did. They’re getting a great player.
“I may have tried a few times. I may have talked to him a few times. You, obviously, want as many friends and good players and people that have helped in the success ... we always want everybody to come back. It’s just not a reality some times, and that’s disappointing sometimes in these situations.”
“It just happened. Once again, for me, you’ve got to process everything. You can only control what you can control. Our football team, we have a lot of guys who are good football players. Losing DeMarco Murray isn’t something you envision happening, just because he’s such a great player. But it’s a business, and he had to make a decision for his family. I think it’s just part of the NFL.”
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