<
>

DeMarco Murray not worried about future

IRVING, Texas -- Dez Bryant will be a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 either with a long-term deal or the one-year franchise tag tender.

The future of the NFL's leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, with the Cowboys is a little uncertain.

"I'm not worried about my future," Murray said. "I just lost a big game, the biggest game of my life. Just not worried about it right now. Just relax with my family and get away from it for a little bit."

Like Bryant, Murray is set to be a free agent in March. If the Cowboys reach a multi-year agreement with Bryant, Dallas could use the franchise or transition tag on Murray to retain him for 2015.

Murray led the NFL with 1,845 yards, establishing a Cowboys' single-season record. He established career highs in yards, carries (392) and catches (57). In the playoffs, he had 44 carries for 198 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The Cowboys last paid big money to a running back in 2008 to Marion Barber. He received a seven-year, $45 million deal with $16 million guaranteed after making his first Pro Bowl in 2007. Barber never had a 1,000-yard season and was unable to keep up his punishing pace.

Murray missed games with ankle, foot and knee injuries in his first three seasons but played in every game in 2014, even working through a broken hand.

The running back position has taken a back seat contractually lately, as well as in the draft.

The Cowboys have to determine if Murray is a cornerstone piece or just a piece of the cog.