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Doug Pederson had an interesting comment about DeMarco Murray

Will Murray be back?

Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Pederson briefly met with the media after Sam Bradford's press conference on Wednesday. He didn't say anything too revealing but he touched on a number of topics. One of his most interesting responses was when he was asked about reports of Eagles running back DeMarco Murray being unhappy in Philadelphia.

"I don't know. I haven't talked to him," Pederson said via Birds 24/7. "I can't tell you one way or the other if he is or not. I'd love to have him."

Maybe I'm reading into things too much but that seems like a strange answer to me. Pederson obviously isn't going to come out and say "no, he's not happy" but this might be the closest thing to it because it's certainly not a "yes, he is happy."

It's also weird that Pederson hasn't talked to Murray. There are multiple reports, with the latest one emerging as recently as last week, that Murray isn't happy in Philadelphia. Wouldn't Pederson want to reach out and gauge how Murray is feeling?

Bradford was also asked about Murray, who was his college roommate at Oklahoma.

"I’ve talked to him several times and we normally don’t talk about football when we talk," the quarterback said. "We do enough of that. But he’s never brought it up to me. Like I said, there was a report that I was unhappy here too and that wasn’t true at all. So there’s really no telling."

Even if Murray is happy in Philadelphia and wants to be back, as he claims, it's not unreasonable to think the organization isn't crazy about him. Murray really struggled in 2015. He looked cooked. Maybe he'll be better in Pederson's offense, but he has a lot of ground to make up in order to be worth the large contract he was awarded last offseason. It doesn't make financial sense for the Eagles to cut Murray this offseason but a trade could save $4 million in cap space. The problem is that no one is going to trade for Murray. The Eagles might have to keep him around for one more season before being able to release him for a savings of $4 million in 2017, when he'll be 29 years old.

Murray's uncertain future puts pressure on the Eagles to find a running back for the future. The oft-injured Ryan Mathews is easily cuttable after the 2016 season and Darren Sproles will be a free agent. It's possible all three running backs won't be back for 2017 so the team needs to start thinking ahead.


In other news, Pederson confirmed Eagles training camp will remain at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia. This shouldn't come as a surprise because Pederson hinted at this in his introductory press conference. One would imagine the Eagles will have a few practices open to the public at Lincoln Financial Field like they've done the past few years.

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