As he enters the final year of his rookie deal,
ESPN noted the salary surplus, earned because he hit a "proven performance escalator" for being on the field for at least 35 percent of the snaps in three seasons, a standard clause in any player's contract who was drafted in Round 3 or later.
Murray rushed for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns and added 350 yards on 53 catches with a score. All of the numbers were career-highs for Murray, who played in a career-high 14 games. Murray will be in a contract year in 2014.
Though Scott Linehan may be thought of as a pass-happy coach, Bell said that's not the case. "We started running the ball a little more this year," Bell said. "From the beginning of the season to the end of the season, [Linehan] was committed to the run, and as long as you're producing." Bell did admit that when the running game didn't work, Linehan would go away from it. When asked whether Murray will get carries, Bell responded by saying, "he doesn't have to be worried. "If he produces, he's going to run the ball."
Murray was recently announced as a Pro Bowl replacement, causing owner Jerry Jones to express some caution. Jones said he was "troubled" by Murray's injury history. Jones expressed that though he's nervous about Murray's penchant for injuries, he doesn't see the team addressing the position this offseason. Murray missed two games this season, but has missed 11 games over his career.
Targeted seven times, Murray caught five passes for 39 yards. He was unable to break a big play. Murray finishes 2013 with 1,124 rushing yards, 53 catches and 10 total touchdowns. All are easily career highs for the third-year back.
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