DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray bidding against Josh Harris for the Mets? It could happen

DeMarco Murray bidding against Josh Harris for the Mets? It could happen

It’s nice to see that some of that $9 million the Eagles paid DeMarco Murray is going to good use.

Murray, a free agent disaster after the Eagles signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract in March 2015, emerged Monday as part of a consortium led by Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez that is trying to buy the Mets, according to the New York Post.

That’s not the only Philly connection to the impending Mets sale. Josh Harris and David Blitzer, owners of the 76ers and Devils, have also bid about $1.7 billion for the ballclub, according to the Post.

Which raises the bizarre possibility that a group led by the owner of the 76ers could wind up bidding a group including a former Eagles running back for ownership of one of the Phillies’ biggest rivals.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, younger brother of Jason; former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher; and long-time Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas are also among the so-called J-Rod investment group trying to buy the team from the Wilpon family.

Murray earned just over $9 million for his one year with the Eagles — $1 million in base salary, a $5 million signing bonus and a $3 million roster bonus, along with $16,609 in various incentives.

According to Spotrac, Murray earned a total of $25,715,703 in his seven-year career with the Cowboys, Eagles and Titans that ended in 2017, with only $3.6 million of that coming from the Cowboys and more than $13 million from two years with the Titans.

Thomas earned $122.85 million in his 11-year career that ended in 2017, Urlacher earned $80.18 million in 12 seasons before retiring in 2012 and Kelce has already earned $40.11 million in four seasons.

After leading the NFL in rushing and making first-team all-pro in 2014, Murray had a miserable season in Philadelphia, averaging 3.6 yards per carry and rushing for only 702 yards — more than 1,100 fewer than the year before.

He had one carry longer than 30 yards all year, and that was a 54-yarder against the Giants on the final day of the season after Chip Kelly had been fired and replaced by interim coach Pat Shurmur.

Soon after being restored to general manager, Howie Roseman traded Murray and a 4th-round pick to the Titans for a higher 4th-round pick that wound up going to the Browns as part of the deal that gave the Eagles the second pick in the 2016 draft.

Murray spent 2019 as running backs coach at Arizona and was hired in January as running backs coach at Oklahoma, his alma mater.

The Wilpon family has been losing somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million per year. The Mets have only had three winning seasons since 2009 and haven’t won a playoff series since 2015.

FoxBusiness’s Charles Gasparino reported that the top bid of $2 billion came from investor Steve Cohen.

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Remembering DeMarco Murray's one weird season with Eagles

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Remembering DeMarco Murray's one weird season with Eagles

The one thing I’ll always remember about DeMarco Murray is just how pissed off he always looked.

Every Thursday in the locker room was Murray’s day to speak to reporters. So a huge crowd would gather around and Murray would furrow his brow and power his way through the sessions with a tenacity we never really saw from him on the field while in Philly.

Murray, 30, has announced his retirement after a seven-year career in the NFL. 

*Shrugs shoulders*

Alright.

After the Eagles won a Super Bowl last season, it’s almost hard to remember when it was a big deal that Murray signed with the Eagles as a free agent. Just three years later, it all seems like a bad dream most of us have forgotten.

But if you give some effort, you’ll probably remember how Murray became an Eagle. It was the offseason before the 2015 season and Chip Kelly was now in control. Frank Gore was going to sign with the Eagles but backed out and went to Indianapolis instead. Then Kelly signed Murray and Ryan Mathews. The two former Pro Bowlers were actually in the building at the very same time.

That was a weird beginning for Murray in Philly and things never got any less weird.

He came off an 1,800-yard season in Dallas when he was named the Offensive Player of the Year, but he never really seemed happy in Philly. Maybe it was the rotation, maybe it was that Kelly unapologetically misused him, maybe he didn’t like that it got cold in the winter. Whatever the reason, Murray wasn’t a good fit on the field or off of it.

During that season, Murray rushed for just 702 yards and averaged 3.6 yards per carry. That season was sandwiched between an 1,800-yard year in Dallas and a 1,200-yard year in Tennessee.

Murray wasn’t very good in Philly, but that was his most lucrative season in the NFL. He earned $9 million in 2015 and his signing was a tick mark against Kelly, who was fired before the season even ended.

More than anything, Murray will be known for the slide against the Dolphins and for reportedly voicing his displeasure to owner Jeff Lurie. He also questioned the coaching staff, including Kelly, to Lurie.

So maybe Eagles fans should thank Murray. Eventually, the owner agreed and canned the head coach/GM and put Howie Roseman back in charge. Roseman then undid the signing and shipped Murray off to Tennessee and the Eagles won the Super Bowl two years later.

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Ex-Eagles RBs ailing for wild-card weekend

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Ex-Eagles RBs ailing for wild-card weekend

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says he's making progress with his right ankle injury but his status is uncertain for Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

McCoy spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since suffering the injury in Sunday's 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins. He has yet to practice this week, but did participate in stretches Thursday before leaving the field with a trainer.

"I'm definitely happy with how things are working out so far, but there is a lot more room for improvement, especially with where I want to be," McCoy said. "I know my body, I know myself, especially the way I play is more cutting and running.

"It's been feeling a lot better. I'm out of the boot and I can walk around without any pain. So that's a plus."

McCoy has been Buffalo's most explosive and most consistent playmaker, finishing the year with 1,138 rushing yards and six touchdowns. His absence would leave a hole in Buffalo's offensive attack; the Bills finished the regular season with the 31st-ranked passing attack in the league.

"I just want to be able to cut well enough where I don't have a lot of pain when I'm cutting," McCoy said. "I just want to be close or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. But the type of game like this, you've got to lay it all on the line. If I can't get 100 percent, as long as I'm out there and I can run effective enough I'll do it. So we'll just see" (see full story).

Titans: Murray out, Spain questionable
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray will miss his second straight game with the Titans ruling him out against the Kansas City Chiefs in their AFC wild-card game Saturday.

Coach Mike Mularkey had refused to rule the veteran running back out until Thursday.

Murray hurt his right knee late in a loss Dec. 24 to the Los Angeles Rams and has not practiced since. Murray finished the season with a career-worst 659 yards rushing, but he ran for six touchdowns. He also caught 39 passes for 266 yards with another TD.

Mularkey says starting left guard Quinton Spain is questionable for the Titans (9-7) against the Chiefs (10-6) because of his back.

Both tight end Jonnu Smith and cornerback Kalan Reed were cleared from the concussion protocol.

Steelers: Haley says bar incident ‘non-issue’
PITTSBURGH  -- Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley says the team told him an incident at a restaurant last weekend near Heinz Field is a "non-issue."

Haley's wife Christine was involved in what Pittsburgh police described as a minor altercation at Tequila Cowboy on Sunday night a few hours after the Steelers wrapped up the regular season with a victory over the Cleveland Browns. Haley himself was not involved in the incident, though he did sustain a minor injury at some point during the night.

Haley said Thursday the situation was "not of my doing," adding the team has assured him it is not concerned about it going forward. No charges were filed.

Haley says his "sole focus" is on the AFC North champions preparing for the playoffs. Pittsburgh will play a to-be-determined opponent in the divisional round on Jan. 14.

Ravens: Harbaugh retains coaches
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Forced to assess the 2017 season far sooner than anticipated, Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged changes must be made for Baltimore to snap its three-year run missing the playoffs.

He will not, however, shuffle the coaching staff.

Harbaugh will fill the void left by the retirement of defensive coordinator Dean Pees, but said Thursday he will bring back offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and attempt to keep the rest of the staff intact unless "guys get opportunities to go somewhere and do some different things."

Pees announced his retirement Monday, less than 24 hours after the Ravens (9-7) were bounced from the playoff chase with a 31-27 loss to Cincinnati.

The in-house contender for the coordinator job is Ravens linebackers coach Don Martindale. Chuck Pagano, fired as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts on Monday and Baltimore's defensive coordinator in 2011, is also among those being considered.

Asked to describe what he's looking for from Pees' successor, Harbaugh replied: "Definitely continuity. I'm a believer in this system. I think this system has been something that's been developed over a long period of time, and we have worked really hard every single year to make it better. We've evolved it and grown it, and I think you see the results" (see full story).