The wheeling and dealing by Eagles coach Chip Kelly took a big spin once again on Thursday when Murray and the Eagles reportedly agreed to a deal of five-years for $42 million with a guaranteed portion of $21 million, according to reports from people close to the situation.
He has yet to sign a new contract, but the $8.2 million a year is a substantial increase in pay for Murray, a 2011 third round choice who earned thus far over his career less than $4 million.
Murray is the first leading rusher in the NFL to switch teams in the past 68 years. He is joining his old teammate at Oklahoma Sam Bradford who the Eagles traded for earlier in the week for Nick Foles.
At the same time, Philadelphia has agreed to terms with Ryan Mathews a running back with San Diego. Neither Mathews nor Murray have signed a deal as of yet.
Dallas wanted Murray to stay. He ran last season for 1,845 yards to set a new Dallas record. He set a new NFL record for rushing for 100 or more yard in each of the first eight games of the season. Murray did take into consideration a Dallas counter-offer, but it was much lower than the offer made by the Eagles.
Dallas was loaded with free agents this off season and when the Cowboys gave Dez Bryant the franchise tag, Murray knew that his time with the team could be ending.
The Cowboys must now look to the upcoming NFL draft to find a replacement for Murray. Adrian Peterson remains a Viking for now but if that changed, the Cowboys would likely be the first in line to talk with the talented back.
Regardless of what Dallas does, they will now face Murray twice per season in the NFC East.