PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — All things considered, DeMarco Murray says he’d rather be in Philadelphia.
The Eagles running back has been the center of controversy since an alleged meeting with Owner Jeffrey Lurie. Murray had reportedly met with Lurie about his situation with the team, a move that would considered by many to be going over the head of Head Coach Chip Kelly. Murray insists there was not a formal request to bypass the coach and talk to the owner, but rather a simple conversation on the plane ride home from New England last Sunday.READ MORE: Injuries Reported After Accident Involving SEPTA Trolley, CSX Train In Darby
“I’ve had conversations with Jeffrey Lurie before,” said Murray. “I was sitting right next to him. I can’t speak with my boss? It was a conversation between Jeff and myself. If you guys want to ask him about it, you are more than welcome to do that.”
Murray spent much of the second half in New England on the sidelines as the Eagles came away with an upset win over the Patriots. Murray is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry, and was limited to eight carries in New England. Murray insists his only concern is helping the Eagles win games and not his personal statistics.
“We won the game,” Murray said. “I was happy about that. I think every player wants the opportunity to help the team, and especially me as a competitor. It was a little different, but we won the game and that’s the biggest thing.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw Claims She's Not Resigning, Despite Rumors Saying She Might Become New York City's Top Cop
While Murray continues to deny any selfish intentions on his part, some outside the locker room have wondered how his situation is being perceived by his teammates. Earlier in the week, Quarterback Sam Bradford called Murray a “great teammate” and Murray said there are no issues between himself and the rest of the Eagles.
“I feel like I have a great relationship with everyone,” said Murray. “I’m not a big rah, rah, rah guy. I’m a quiet guy, but I feel like I have a great relationship with a lot of guys. I feel fine.”
Even if Murray is not complaining about his carries and has a strong relationship with his teammates, there are questions about his future in Philadelphia. After winning the NFL rushing title last year, Murray was expected to step in for the departed LeSean McCoy and make a lasting impact in the backfield. Murray said he wants to be in Philadelphia, and has had no second thoughts about joining the Eagles.MORE NEWS: Man Shot During Attempted Double Carjacking In Holmesburg Section, Police Say
“Not at all,” Murray said. “I made a commitment to Jeff and Chip and these guys in the locker room. I love this team. I love playing for this team and the fans. When I signed on that dotted line, I knew I was going to be here for a long time. I’m committed to winning a lot of games here.”