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DeMarco Murray thinks Eagles can win a Super Bowl

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DeMarco Murray arrived in Philadelphia with much anticipation on Thursday afternoon. Media members were lined up at the airport peering through a fence just to get a glimpse as the top free agent running back stepped off the Eagles' private jet. Two helicopters then shot live footage tracking Murray's arrival at Eagles headquarters, the NovaCare Complex. Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter was reporting the Eagles and Murray had already agreed to a rich contract: five years, $42 million.

That contract became officially official when the team announced it on Thursday evening. Shortly after, the NFL's 2014 leading rusher met with the media for his Philadelphia debut.

Though $42 million (and $18 million of it guaranteed) is sure a lot of money, and big reason why he signed, Murray said he did not join the Eagles based on money alone. He claimed better offers from other teams were on the table. The reason why he signed with the Eagles, then? To win a championship.

"I felt this was a great opportunity for me to win a Super Bowl at the end of the day," Murray said. "It wasn't about financial security or anything like that. Obviously, you want something that you deserve and something that is respectful. I felt that those two things were important to me and I was able to accomplish that here.

"It definitely wasn't the biggest contract, but it was something about this organization, about this team, that caught my eye and I felt that there was a great chance to win here and that's what you want. You want to be in a place that has great fans. You want to be in a place that has a great coach in Chip Kelly. You want to be in a place that has a chance to win and be successful."

Sticking it to his old team might not have hurt, either. The Cowboys were reportedly only offering Murray around $5 million a year, which is over $3 million per year less than what the Eagles ended up giving him. Murray said he says he still has a lot of respect for Dallas (just don't say that too loud again, DeMarco) but he's ready to move on.

Moving on is exactly what Murray will do in Philadelphia. It'll be a completely new setup from what it was last year when the Cowboys essentially ran him into the ground. Now Murray will be the leader of a strong backfield that include recently-signed Ryan Mathews and veteran offensive weapon Darren Sproles.