(USA Today) – Chip Kelly didn’t merely acquire the NFL’s rushing champ Thursday for his up-tempo offense.
He weakened his toughest competition in the NFC East in the process.
It’s a double victory for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys only have themselves to blame.
DeMarco Murray managed to get the type of deal from the Eagles — reportedly $42 million over five years, with $21 million guaranteed — that his old employer could not quite stomach.
Now the Cowboys will pay in another way.
Jerry Jones always knew there was a chance that Murray would bolt — but I’d bet he figured the big offer would come from the likes of the downtrodden Jacksonville Jaguars or Oakland Raiders, who for all of their salary cap room are still a hard sell for winning a championship.