The Dallas Cowboys have one franchise tag to use and they have made it clear that they will be using it on wide receiver Dez Bryant. This means that they will likely be letting free agent running back DeMarco Murray see what’s out in the open market, as contract talks have been slow up to this point. Once Murray has tested the waters, the Cowboys hope that they will be able to continue negotiations with him, as they believe he would like to stay in Dallas.
Last season, Murray was the league leader in rushing yards, with 1,845 yards. He also broke Emmitt Smith’s franchise record for most yards in a single season. The Cowboys went 12-4 during the season, including going undefeated in December. They also won their second playoff game since 1997. The on-field performance from Murray and his leadership in the locker room was a key reason that Dallas was so successful.
Fantasy Insight: Murray was a beast last year and could remain one again even in a new city in 2015, although he should be expected to naturally regress from career numbers. A new location could also hinder Murray’s upside depending where he lands, while a back with a shaky injury history may not be easy to trust after establishing a career high in carries. Should Murray leave, Dallas would be forced to make some type of move at the running back position, whether in the draft or via trade (Adrian Peterson, anyone?). Whoever ends up starting in the ‘Boys’ offensive backfield next season obviously is going to be a guy to monitor going into fantasy drafts, however.