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Jones on Murray: ‘We obviously want DeMarco on the team’

DeMarco Murray runs past Lions free safety Glover Quin during the Cowboys’ playoff victory in January.
DeMarco Murray runs past Lions free safety Glover Quin during the Cowboys’ playoff victory in January. Star-Telegram

DeMarco Murray sat watching the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night while his agent worked on finding him a new contract.

After a quiet three-day negotiating period, Murray’s name began to surface on the first day of free agency with the Raiders, Buccaneers, Eagles and Jaguars reportedly showing some interest. The Raiders, though, signed former Redskins running back Roy Helu to a two-year deal on Tuesday night.

The Cowboys have not given up hope of re-signing the All-Pro.

“Just where we are right now, we obviously want DeMarco on the team. So we’ve tried to work to that end,” owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday after he testified in the Super Bowl XLV seating trial.

A source close to Murray said news on the running back’s future was expected soon. But it’s obvious Murray isn’t getting the level of offers he had expected.

Murray created a buzz early Tuesday morning by removing any Cowboys-related mention on his Twitter profile. Jones wouldn’t say whether he’s optimistic Murray returns, but the owner made it clear he wants the league’s leading rusher back.

“Yes,” Jones reiterated, “we’d like him back.”

The Cowboys lost a pair of free agents Tuesday as wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris signed with the New York Giants and linebacker Justin Durant signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

Harris received a five-year, $17.5 million deal with a $4 million signing bonus and $7.1 million guaranteed. The deal was too pricey for the Cowboys.

They also couldn’t afford to keep Durant, though they had hoped to have him back.

Two other ex-Cowboys defensive players are visiting the Buccaneers. Linebacker Bruce Carter will travel to Houston when he finishes in Tampa Bay. Defensive tackle Henry Melton arrived in Tampa on Tuesday night.

The Cowboys have interest in re-signing Carter at a certain price, a source said, but the linebacker likely will receive a more lucrative deal from another team.

Staff writer Charean Williams contributed to this report.

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