Thursday, March 12, 2015

Eagles make it official with Murray

PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with running back DeMarco Murray.

Murray (6-foot0, 217) was named the 2014 AP Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for an NFL-best and career-high 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns, which tied Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch for the NFL-high in rushing scores.

He topped 100 yards rushing in 13 of the team’s 18 games, including the playoffs. Murray also ranked fourth in the league in receptions among running backs with 57 catches for 416 yards. A first-team All-Pro selection, he tied for third in MVP voting following his career year.

Originally a third-round draft choice (71st overall) of Dallas in the 2011 NFL Draft, Murray, 27, appeared in 53 games (47 starts) during his four years with the Cowboys, totaling 4,526 yards and 28 touchdowns on 934 carries (4.8 avg.). A two-time Pro Bowl selection (2013, ’14), Murray eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in 2013, finishing the year with 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns on a 5.2 yards-per-carry average.

As a rookie, Murray broke onto the scene with a 253-yard performance vs. St. Louis (10/23/11), which included a 91-yard touchdown run – the longest first-career touchdown run in league history since the merger in 1970. He finished the season with a 5.5 yards-per-carry average, which ranked first among all NFL backs with at least 150 carries in 2011.
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