With the season officially over, the Philadelphia Eagles are beginning their search for a new head coach while many players begin to wonder where they stand in the rebuilding process of the process. Sam Bradford is questioning where he stands as his contract expires and a new staff comes into place. One player not thinking about his future is DeMarco Murray who is confidence he is coming back to the Eagles in 2016.
A lot has been made about Murray this season, but the running back ended things on a high note and he believes the fresh start will be good for everyone. Murray was a trade risk with Chip Kelly still employed by the team even with a contract signed prior to the season to the tune of five years and $40 million with $21 million in guarantees. Murray expects to return to Philadelphia and start things on a better note with a new staff in place.
"It's the nature of the business," Murray said, via ESPN.com. "At the end of the day, it's a bottom-line business. It's about wins, losses and productivity. It's a fresh start for everyone. You get a fresh breath of air and you've just got to make the most of the opportunity. As human beings, you feel bad for people and you feel bad for certain situations. At the end of the day, you know, I know why I'm here. I think a lot of guys in this locker room know why they're here."
One player not certain about his future is Bradford who was traded at the start of the season while playing on an expiring contract. Bradford told ESPN.com that he was going to have to evaluate things with the season over and see how things shape up before making decisions. According to NJ.com, Bradford will be looking to cash in come free agency which could play a large role in what happens with Philadelphia. Bradford is at least making his prediction for the future of the franchise as he endorses offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for the head coaching job.
"The quarterback-head coach relationship is extremely important in any organization," Bradford said, via ESPN.com. "Given the history I have with Pat -- we were together my rookie year [in St. Louis] and reunited this year -- I think it would mean a lot to me. I would love to play for him. I really enjoyed playing for him today. If he is a candidate, I hope that he gets serious consideration."
Bradford will get attention on the free agent market. The quarterback could be a solid option for several teams. The 49ers will likely be replacing Colin Kaepernick. The Cleveland Browns are looking for a starter. The Houston Texans are looking for a starter. There are options outside of Philadelphia. The return of Shurmur could likely sway Bradford in a certain direction, but money is predicted to play the biggest part in his future.