After the frenzy of action in Day One of the new NFL year, the 2014 NFL rushing leader is still available. Here's a look at some of the teams rumored to be vying for his services:
The Dallas Cowboys want Murray back, but only at a price that makes sense to them, which seems to be in the $7 million range. Some teams might offer Murray more, but Dallas probably offers the best offensive line and the best chance of winning. Dallas Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones called Murray Sunday night, most likely to express their desire to keep the RB, but also to let him know their price range. Interestingly enough, the next morning Murray took down any mention of the Dallas Cowboys from his Twitter account, which would seem to suggest the RB is prepared to move on.
Obviously, the Eagles now have a huge need, but this one doesn't make much sense in light of the LeSean McCoy trade. If getting rid of McCoy was to free up salary, Murray would be asking for just as much, if not more. Maybe the Eagles just really liked Kiko Alonso and they figured they could score Murray in free agency. The other plus would be hurting the Dallas Cowboys, which might take the sting out of losing McCoy for Eagle fans.
NOTE: Apparently the Eagles are set on signing Ryan Mathews. Sigh of relief for Cowboy fans.
The team that will most likely offer Murray the biggest contract, Oakland is in obvious need of playmakers and reasons to come to the stadium. Murray would provide a big name and past production but can he hold up behind that line? Oakland also has promising young RB Latavius Murray who averaged 5.2 YPC last year and showed flashes of being a really dynamic back. Maybe a two headed Murray monster behind Derek Carr is just the thing to make Oakland's offense respectable.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been making moves that would appear to signal the end of their many years in NFL purgatory. The signing of Julius Thomas was a smart way to provide a solid end zone threat to the passing game to couple with emerging receivers Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee. You add Murray to this equation with some improved offensive line play and all of a sudden you have the makings of a respectable offense. Of course, everything hinges on Blake Bortles taking the necessary next steps in year two, which is entirely possible. Keep an eye on these Jaguars.