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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly offered a 4-year contract extension to running back DeMarco Murray, according to the NFL Network.
Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys’ offer would net Murray more than any free-agent running back from this offseason.
#Cowboys have no qualms about DeMarco Murray as their franchise RB. Offered him a 4-year deal worth more than any RB got in ’14 free agency— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 5, 2014
Murray was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month on Thursday after rushing for 534 yards and 5 touchdowns in the team’s first four games.
The 26-year-old is on pace to rush for 2,136 yards, which would break Eric Dickerson’s 30-year-old NFL record of 2,105 yards.
Murray is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 99 attempts, 18 more than any other running back. His 534 rushing yards are 156 more than Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell, the league’s second-leading rusher.
Murray became just the 4th player in NFL history to open a season with four consecutive 100-yard rushing games, joining Emmitt Smith, O.J. Simpson and Jim Brown.
The Cowboys have expressed an interest in re-signing Murray, who will become a free agent after the season.
Murray has never appeared in more than 14 games for Dallas. His career high in carries came last season, when he rushed the ball 217 times in 14 games.
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