Eagles sign Murray, Mathews

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Philadelphia Eagles have replaced
2013 NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy with the winner of last year’s rushing
title.

And to make things even sweeter, the Eagles stole that guy away from the NFC
East rival Dallas Cowboys.

That guy is DeMarco Murray. He landed in Philadelphia on Thursday and signed a
five-year contract.

“I felt that this was a great opportunity to win a Super Bowl,” said Murray.

The Eagles were in need of a star running back after trading McCoy to the
Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Murray’s deal is reportedly worth $42 million and includes $21 million
guaranteed. For comparison, McCoy signed a five-year, $40 million deal with
$26.5 million guaranteed with the Bills.

The 27-year-old Murray was named the 2014 AP Offensive Player of the Year
after rushing for an NFL-best and career-high 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He also caught 57 passes for 416 yards.

Originally a third-round draft choice of Dallas in the 2011 NFL Draft, Murray
recorded 4,526 yards and 28 touchdowns on 934 carries over 53 games with 47
starts. The Oklahoma product also caught 171 passes for 1,200 yards and one
score.

“We are very grateful to DeMarco Murray for his contributions to the Dallas
Cowboys,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a statement. “He is a quality
person, a very good football player, and a player that we wanted to keep.

“We have great appreciation for his skills, and if there was no salary cap in
place, DeMarco would be a Cowboy. This came down to an allocation of dollars
within the management of the salary cap.”

Earlier Thursday, the Eagles signed veteran running back Ryan Mathews to a
three-year contract. Murray and Mathews will join Darren Sproles and Chris
Polk in a crowded Philadelphia backfield.

“This is a running back’s dream to play in an offense like this,” said
Mathews. “I really wanted to come here and play for Chip.”

Mathews spent each of his five NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers, who
drafted him No. 12 overall in 2010.

He had two 1,000-yard seasons with San Diego, in 2011 and 2013, but rushed for
just 330 yards and three touchdowns in six games last season while dealing
with knee and ankle injuries.

The 27-year-old Mathews has gained 4,061 yards and scored 23 rushing
touchdowns in 60 career games.