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DeMarco Murray says he wants to stay with Cowboys

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There are few running backs who could have done what DeMarco Murray did last season in Dallas, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems to understand that now.

That does not mean there won't be a very intricate dance when it comes to Murray's next contract, though, especially when age, mileage and cost are all factored in.

In the meantime, Murray seems prepared to keep his hopes and intentions quiet.

"Obviously I think they want me here," Murray said Tuesday, via ESPN Dallas. "I want to be here. It's just finding the ... just what helps them, what helps me. Things like that. I think both sides want to be here, so I think we'll see where it goes."

On one hand, Murray doesn't sound like he's ruled out Dallas, even after balking at the framework of an initial deal.

It still makes sense for him to test free agency, given the lack of quality running backs on the market. But it could also make sense to see him in Dallas for another year so long as cooler heads prevail.

"At the end of the day, it's all about respect, and I think different people show their appreciation in different ways," Murray said. "I don't need a pat on the back. I don't need someone telling me how good I am on a constant basis and whatnot like that. I understand my value, so to speak, and I understand what I bring to the table."

After 436 touches in 2014, we can all understand the initial lowball offer. But if Murray can somehow pull off a repeat season, his value is much, much higher.

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