The Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent DeMacro Murray for five years, $42 million dollars with $21 guaranteed according to the Associated Press.
The Eagles off-season has been a surprising one around the NFL. Head Coach Chip Kelly traded running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. They let go wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to the Chiefs. He also traded Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford and signed Mark Sanchez for two years.
There were a lot of speculations to where this franchise is heading to since they finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs. But the signing of Murray puts the Eagles back into playoff contention.
It wasn’t about financial security,” Murray said, explaining his decision to leave the Dallas Cowboys. “I felt this was a great opportunity for us to win a Super Bowl. Obviously, you want something that you deserve and that’s respectful. I felt that those two things were important to me and I was able to accomplish that here.
Murray last season won the rushing title with 1,845 yards. He joins the spread offense system adapted from Kelly’s scheme and reunites with former college roommate from Oklahoma University Sam Bradford.
Not only is he a great player, but he’s a great person, Bradford said. He’s a really great friend of mine, too. I really think that he could help this ballclub.
The Eagles also signed Chargers running back Ryan Matthews for two years. Adding Murray and Matthews with Darren Sproles in the mix makes the backfield better than it was last year. Kelly made have traded one of his franchise pieces, but gains one back. The only question is if Bradford can stay healthy they can get back into the playoffs.