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Tony Romo would have taken $5 million pay cut to help Cowboys keep DeMarco Murray

Well, so much for that.

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Tony Romo isn't happy that the Philadelphia Eagles stole DeMarco Murray away from Dallas. According to the Cowboys quarterback, he was willing to take a pay cut in order to prevent Murray from leaving in free agency. Here's what he had to say in an interview with 105.3 The Fan, via ESPN's Todd Archer:

"DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I was like, 'I will. I will take a pay cut to go do this.' I was like, 'They're going to restructure me and the whole thing,' that's the same thing in some ways just for salary-cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends.' 'You're really worried about me? I would take $5 million less if it meant getting you back'. He knew that."

It's not surprising to see that Romo wanted Murray to return. The 2014 leading rusher was the catalyst of the Cowboys' success last season. Not only did Murray's rushing performance mask a lackluster Dallas defense but it also took a lot of pressure off of Romo, who was/is dealing with a back injury.

According to Archer, however, the Cowboys never asked Romo about taking a pay cut so it didn't happen. Dallas made a low-ball offer to Murray and allowed him to walk in free agency. The Eagles took advantage of the opportunity and signed Murray to a five-year contract worth $42 million.

The Cowboys are in a rough spot with Romo's contract. The quarterback is set to cost an NFL-high $27.77 million against the team's cap in 2015.

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