The deal that took the past few days to get done, but we all knew it would, finally happened yesterday when DeMarco Murray agreed to a five year/$42 million dollar contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dallas Cowboys allowed Murray to walk away, which may come back to haunt them, especially with Murray staying in the same division. Nonetheless, Murray seems thrilled to be in Philly.


“I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to win a Super Bowl, at the end of the day,” Murray said Thursday after signing a five-year, $42 million contract with the Eagles. “It wasn’t about financial security or anything like that. Obviously, you want something that you deserve, something that is respectful. Those two things are important to me, and I was able to accomplish that. I think the Eagles have a great chance to win a Super Bowl.”

Murray said he was offered more money by other teams. He didn’t identify them but said the combination of a fair-market contract and a chance to win made the Eagles the right choice for him.

The Cowboys offered Murray a four-year, $24 million contract that included $12 million fully guaranteed, sources told ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that the $42 million deal with the Eagles includes $21 million guaranteed. And of the $21 million, $18 million is fully guaranteed for skill and injury. In addition, he almost assuredly will receive the final $3 million in guarantees in 2017, if he is on the roster at the end of the 2016 season.