Naturally, across the NFL landscape, the "DeMarco Murray news'' was all about the faded All-Pro running back being traded to Tennessee, part of Philly's post-Chip Kelly fumigation.
But inside of Valley Ranch, the "DeMarco Murray news'' also involved the Cowboys, as reported by our own Mike Fisher on 105.3 The Fan on Monday afternoon.
According to Fish, the trade-minded Eagles have been engaging in talks for at least a week with Dallas regarding a Murray boomerang back to the Cowboys. It was never going to make much sense, given the financial obstacles. Indeed, it's still not entirely clear on how it makes sense for Tennessee, though depending on how they've escaped the $9 million still owed the player on his existing deal, we shall see.
The running back's former team in Dallas never quite found that way, or bent as far as the Titans did. But Fish announced Monday on both the "Ben & Skin'' show and his own "Fishnato'' show that, "Sources inside Valley Ranch tell me that before Murray was dealt to the Titans, Philly and Dallas discussed a swap that would bring the former All-Pro back to the Cowboys.''
We can certainly imagine powerful people inside the locker room supporting the idea. DeMarco was/is close friends with Romo, Witten and Dez, among others.
Again, it's not yet known what the terms are for Tennessee or what they might've been for the Cowboys. And besides the finances being part of the sacrifice here, we assume a late-round pick was given up by Tennessee.
We're not sure, by the way, that Dallas' willingness to explore here has anything to do with a willingness to break the bank for running back Lamar Miller, for whom talks broke off with Miami. The Cowboys have a fondness for Miller, but if he wants "DeMarco money'' with the Dolphins, why would he want a fraction of that elsewhere -- even with a Cowboys club that was his boyhood favorite? (In South Florida, there are reports of Dallas being a "front-runner'' for Miller. And as Fish said this morning on 105.3 The Fan, the Cowboys are interested ... but with a "ceiling'' that likely reflects the $5 mil a year they offered DeMarco last spring.
Meanwhile, CHQ knows that the Cowboys have pinpointed Atlanta defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn in free agency, along with their wish to retain their own free agents (including Ro McClain, Mo Claiborne, James Hanna, Kyle Wilber and Jack Crawford). Dallas also followed through with its plan and tendered Ron Leary and Jeff Heath, which chopped the always-fluid cap room about $4 mil for now -- and the fluidity can continue if/when the Cowboys flip the "Tyron/Tyrone Triggers. (Find more Premium Cowboys thoughts about free agency here.)
Trades can officially be made on Wednesday's start of the NFL year, at which time we will know more about the money and the deal, which never quite worked out this time for the Cowboys, just like Murray signing that five-year, $40-million deal with the Eagles last year never quite worked out. DeMarco led the NFL in rushing with Dallas in 2014, managed just 713 yards last year with the Eagles in a shrunken role, and starts anew now in Tennessee, his third team in 13 months.