Rushing king Murray leaves Dallas for rival Eagles

Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:40pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray left the Dallas Cowboys and turned down more lucrative offers to join the rival Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

Financial terms of the a five-year contract for the running back, one of the key prizes of the 2015 free agent class, were not disclosed by the team, though various reports said it was worth $42 million.

"I'm glad and fortunate to be here. It's a great organization," Murray, who said he turned down a couple of richer offers to sign with Philadelphia, told a news conference. "It's a privilege and an honor. I'm ready to get started."

Dallas won the NFC East division last season with a 12-4 record ahead of Philadelphia at 10-6, but Murray was confident of a reversal.

He said newly-acquired Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, his college teammate at Oklahoma, had a big influence on his decision.

"Obviously, Sam's a great friend of mine, like a brother to me," he said. "It was a huge influence."

Murray, 27, was named the NFL's offensive player of the year in 2014 after rushing for a Cowboys franchise-record 1,845 yards and catching 57 passes for another 416 yards.

He also tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns with 13 and set the NFL record by opening the season with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised Murray for his years with Dallas and said that the running back would still be with the team if they had room under the salary cap.   Continued...

 
DeMarco Murray (29) runs past Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) in the fourth quarter in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Jan 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports