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DeMarco Murray’s future in Philly unclear; Dez Bryant asks him to come home to Dallas

DeMarco Murray (29) gets a hug from wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during happier times with the Dallas Cowboy in 2014. Murray had a bad year in Philadelphia last year and Bryant wants him to come back home to Dallas.
DeMarco Murray (29) gets a hug from wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during happier times with the Dallas Cowboy in 2014. Murray had a bad year in Philadelphia last year and Bryant wants him to come back home to Dallas. Star-Telegram

Running back DeMarco Murray’s future with the Philadelphia Eagles is unclear following a disappointing season and a coaching change.

Reports suggests that the Eagles are not sure Murray is the answer for them and the two sides are heading for an off-season “staredown” regarding his contract.

Leave it to Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant to use this opportunity to lobby Murray to return Dallas via Twitter. Byrant included quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten in the missive: “come on home D.Moe #cowboys.”

Murray capitalized on a record-breaking, 1,845-yard season with the Cowboys in 2014 to sign a five-year, $40 million contract with the Eagles in 2015.

It proved to be a disaster as Murray rushed for just 702 yards and six touchdowns in Philadelphia.

He averaged 3.6 yards a carry in 2015 and was not a good fit for the Eagles offense under then-coach Chip Kelly.

The Eagles have a new coach in Doug Pederson, but are still not sure Murray will be the starter going forward. He is set to count $35 million against the cap over the next four years, including $8 million in 2016.

It would cost the Eagles $13 million to cut Murray before June 1.

Murray is saying all the right things to reporters at the Super Bowl this week about wanting to stay in Philadelphia and looking forward to running downhill in the new offense.

But his return is hardly a guarantee, making coming home to Dallas an option Bryant felt is worth lobbying for.

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