The Eagles have found their new featured running back in free agency. Philadelphia has signed former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to a five-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. The contract is worth up to $42 million with $21 million guaranteed. Schefter says that only $18 million is guaranteed for skill and injury.
Murray was pursued by the Jaguars, Raiders and Cowboys, according to multiple reports. Murray had mutual interest in joining Philadelphia; he reportedly called Chip Kelly on Wednesday. Several Eagles players, including newly acquired quarterback Sam Bradford, attempted to recruit Murray to Philadelphia.
Murray is just the latest major signing by the Eagles. Philadelphia has spent quite a bit of cash on Mathews, cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond, quarterback Mark Sanchez and linebacker Brandon Graham. The team has also traded for Bradford and linebacker Kiko Alonso.
While the Eagles have brought in plenty of new talent, Murray may be the cornerstone of the class. He led the league with 1,845 rushing yards in Dallas last season and scored 13 rushing touchdowns to help bring the Cowboys back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Like most of the Eagles additions so far, Murray has had a history of injuries in his career, having missed 11 games in the last four seasons due to varying ailments. However, he recently completed his first 16-game season.
UPDATE: It's official.