Philadelphia Eagles Rumors: DeMarco Murray Trade Request Denied, Zach Ertz, Jordan Matthews Seek Sam Bradford Contract as Chip Kelly Denies Drama

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Dec 29, 2015 09:12 AM EST
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Philadelphia Eagles Running Back DeMarco Murray."

DeMarco Murray has not had the most ideal season after leading the NFL in rushing in 2014. The running back sought the money and opted to leave the Dallas Cowboys in free agency for the Philadelphia Eagles who already had Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles under contract. Murray has since plummeted to No.4 on the depth chart, falling out of favor with head coach Chip Kelly. However, the running back is making it clear that he is not seeking a move at the end of the season.

Murray's future is muddy at best. The running back has barely played over the last few weeks after losing his starting job to Mathews. After complaining to the ownership about his role on the team, Kelly is not his biggest fan which could mean he falls down the same path of LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. However, Murray is making it clear that he is not seeking a move from the Eagles and if something happens it is not from him.

"I'm signed here for four more years," Murray said, via "So, I'll be back here. It's tough. Obviously you go through things in life ... Either they make you or break you. I've been going through a lot of stuff in my life. Great things I can handle and bad things I can handle. This is going to make me a better person and a better player. I'm going to continue to fight. It just is what it is." 

Murray's contract makes him difficult to release. The running back is owed $9 million in guaranteed money in 2016 while being a $13 million hit on the salary cap if released. He is owed $22 million in guaranteed money throughout the course of his four-year deal which means the Eagles will eat a lot of cash if they let him go. However, right now Murray does not have a place on the team. The Eagles could try and trade him, but his contract might not be wanted by many teams in the offseason. All signs point to the running back staying put and dealing with the rotation.

There are plenty of questions surrounding the Eagles right now. Sam Bradford has made it clear that he wants to return to Philadelphia, but his contract demands will dictate whether or not that happens. Kelly is also under fire for his coaching as the Eagles wrap up another disappointing year under the head coach. While there are some dark spots, the rise of players like Zach Ertz, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor should give Eagles fans something to be excited over. Kelly is making it clear that the Eagles are not a bad team, they just have a lot to figure out in the coming months.

"It didn't go our way, but I don't think we're a bad football team," said Kelly, via "Not by any stretch. I can point to plays. I think we're not consistent and we're not consistent. I don't think we've done a good enough job as coaches of putting [players] in position to make plays. But I don't think that we need to revamp this entire group of guys because I think we've got some really, really good guys."

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