PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It wasn’t the first season in Philadelphia that many hoped for or expected from DeMarco Murray. For stretches, Murray looked more like a third string running back than a player one-year removed from being the league’s top rusher.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the future is still somewhat up in the air for Murray in Philadelphia.
“A coaching change hasn’t improved the situation for Eagles running back DeMarco Murray. Even with Chip Kelly being sent packing and the hire of coach Doug Pederson, the former NFL rushing leader and his team are not in a good place,” Rapoport wrote.
According to the report, the Eagles are not convinced that Murray can turn things around next season. Rapoport also says that Murray has not asked to be traded and that the Eagles do not want to release him because of the cap hit they would have to suffer.
It appears that both sides are at an impasse unless the new coaching staff and front office group gain a new level of confidence in Murray, a player that Chip Kelly signed, and who received a 5-year deal worth $40 million.
The new leadership seems non-committal to Murray at this time, but Murray appears ready to return. Murray said as a guest on ESPN that he does want to be an Eagle again next season.
“That’s not the lasting impression I want to leave in my mouth and the fans, and you know, my family,” Murray said of the way he played this past season. “I never want to leave off on a note like I did last year, so I mean, I’m working tremendously hard to try to improve from an individual standpoint and from a team standpoint as well.”