Dallas Cowboys Rumors: DeMarco Murray Target After Chip Kelly Fired? Derrick Henry Draft Option as Matt Forte, Chris Ivory, Lamar Miller Available

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Dec 30, 2015 09:17 AM EST
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford hands the ball off to DeMarco Murray in 2015."

With Chip Kelly officially fired from the Philadelphia Eagles, the futures of several of the team's players come into question. DeMarco Murray is one of those players as the running back has been unhappy all season with his role diminishing by the game. Now officially No.4 on the depth chart, the running back could be looking to bolt from the team as changes start to be made. Could a reunion with the Dallas Cowboys be an option in 2016?

Earlier in the season, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reported that Murray was looking to return to Dallas as he continues to be unhappy with Philadelphia. Florio reported there was a lot of truth to the report as the running back always loved the Cowboys. With Darren McFadden not impressing anyone, the idea of Murray returning to Dallas is certainly enticing to fans, but it is unlikely to happen. Murray told the media that like it or not, he is signed to the Philadelphia Eagles and he expects to return in 2016 despite the future of Kelly.

"I'm signed here for four more years," Murray said, via NJ.com. "So, I'll be back here."

The Cowboys will need to make changes on offense, but it is unclear just how deep those changes will go. The team will get players like Lance Dunbar back from injury in 2016. People are already linking the Cowboys to Derrick Henry out of Alabama to be the next workhorse back. Matt Forte, Alfred Morris, Chris Ivory and Lamar Miller will all be available via free agency. They have options to upgrade the run game without trying to hope Murray becomes available.

Then there is the quarterback position. Tony Romo's longevity in the NFL is starting to falter after yet another collarbone injury. Matt Cassel could not get the job done as a backup. Kellen Moore could not get the job done either. According to team owner Jerry Jones, finding quarterback help is a priority.

"It's obviously going to be a high priority for us, the backup situation, as it relates to not only being able to come in and do better than we did this year, but whatever way, whatever we do, do better, but we're looking to our future," Jones said, via ESPN.com. "That's as big a thing for me."

The Cowboys are committed to Romo as their starter so any ideas that players like Sam Bradford, Robert Griffin III or Colin Kaepernick are coming to Dallas can be dismissed. However, the Cowboys are expected to eye options in the draft to begin developing. This might be the year the Cowboys draft a quarterback early. Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook and Jared Goff are the best available at the moment. They could all go in the first two rounds depending on needs, so the Cowboys will have to determine just how long they see Romo on the field. 

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