As the offseason approached it became clear that the Dallas Cowboys would have to choose between keeping star wide receiver Dez Bryant or star running back DeMarco Murray due to the salary cap.  The Cowboys placed a franchise tag on Bryant and tried to work on a deal to keep Murray but the money just wasn’t there.  Murray subsequently signed a five-year, $42 million contract with the Cowboys NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.  One of the reasons the Cowboys didn’t have enough money is because of the massive contract they gave to quarterback Tony Romo.

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DeMarco Murray was really hoping to remain with the Cowboys this offseason. So much so, he asked quarterback Tony Romo to take a pay cut to remain with the team, Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, per the Dallas Morning News.

“DeMarco ended up asking me, ‘Why don’t you take a pay cut?’ I said, ‘I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this,'” Romo said. “I was like, ‘They’re going to restructure me.’ That’s the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, ‘OK, now we’re back to being friends again.’ I would take $5 million less if meant getting him back.

“He knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part of it for a week. I’m like, ‘That’s not the reason.’ I’m like, ‘Obviously I’ll restructure. I would even take a pay cut.’ He was like, ‘OK, we can be friends again.’ It’s amazing what you think about in those moments.”

If Romo was indeed willing to take a pay cut I wonder why it wasn’t done.  There always seemed to be something fishy regarding the Murray and Cowboys situation.  It was reported that the two sides hadn’t even spoken to each other until the very last day or two before he signed with Eagles.