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In the worst kept secret of the day, the Philadelphia Eagles and rushing leader DeMarco Murray agreed to a five-year, $42 million contract with $21 million guaranteed.
Murray, who will replace LeSean McCoy, will have company in the backfield, as earlier in the day, the Eagles also signed former Charger Ryan Mathews. The Eagles now have a crowded backfield featuring Murray, Mathews, Darren Sproles, and Chris Polk, the latter most likely won’t be on the roster come opening day. The backfield, which just last week was a glaring need, is new the strongest position on the team. Despite needing to replenish the wide receivers, the Eagles could use their backs in a variety of options.
Moments ago, during head coach Chip Kelly‘s press conference, he noted that he could use Sproles as a “swiss army knife,” as a way to keep him involved in the offense.
Kelly and the Eagles still have plenty of holes to fill on the team, but for now, the Birds will revel in the fact that they stole DeMarco Murray from their biggest rival. If anything, this will make Cowboys week even more fun.