The Cowboys conducted their due diligence on DeMarco Murray to find a comfortable price for the star running back.
They considered everything, including his age and how backs have historically performed at his age and after touching the ball as much as he did in 2014.
Murray, 27, had 449 touches last season, including 392 carries. He has 1,105 career touches in four seasons, including 934 carries.
The Cowboys took their scouts off the draft for an entire week to break down film of every one of Murray’s carries since he entered the league in 2011, according to multiple sources.
The Cowboys did the same for Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, among others, a source added.
The Cowboys talked to Murray’s agent, Bill Johnson, on Monday night. And owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday afternoon that the team still hopes to re-sign Murray despite the running back hitting the free-agent market, which opens at 3 p.m.
“We’d like him back,” Jones said.