Report: Eagles open to trading unhappy DeMarco Murray
Eagles running back DeMarco Murray was reportedly unhappy playing for Chip Kelly last year. And he reportedly remains unhappy in Philadelphia, even after Kelly was fired and Doug Pederson was hired.
As a result, a trade could be coming.
That’s the word from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who reports that teams are being told that Murray isn’t happy and the Eagles will listen to trade offers.
But the question is this: Just how unhappy is Murray? Unhappy enough that he’d take less money to play elsewhere? Because if he’s not that unhappy, a trade probably isn’t going to happen. The five-year, $40 million contract Murray signed last year calls for him to make a $7 million base salary this season, which it may be hard to convince any team to pay. Cutting Murray would give the Eagles a $13 million dead cap hit this season, which means the Eagles aren’t going to be eager to get rid of him entirely.
Rapoport notes that Murray has an affinity for the Cowboys. But any kind of trade involving Murray would likely be difficult to pull off, and a trade within the NFC East may be even harder.
After winning the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2014 with the Cowboys, Murray had a miserable season in 2015 with the Eagles, gaining just 702 yards on 193 carries and getting largely phased out of the offense as the season wore on.