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Cowboys COO Stephen Jones promised the team will "run the ball more" this year.

"We will be running the ball more," Jones promised. "Our offensive line is better than it was last year and I think we ran the ball pretty well last year. I think we'll run it better this year and I think there will be a bigger commitment to running it." We're skeptical Dallas' defense will allow them to stick with the run, and new playcaller Scott Linehan has a decidedly pass-happy background. We do expect DeMarco Murray to set a career high in receptions.

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The Cowboys have not opened extension negotiations with contract-year RB DeMarco Murray.

Murray is owed $1.406 million in the last year of his rookie deal. He's on the backburner for cap-strapped Dallas, with Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith out in front of Murray. Murray, 26, has missed 11 games through three NFL seasons. His free agent stock will rise if he can turn in a fully-healthy 2014 campaign.

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ESPN Dallas expects DeMarco Murray to set a career-high in carries this season.

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Speaking in a Monday radio interview, passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan claimed the Cowboys are going to "lean" on the run game.

"That's going to be our strength, being able to lean on that running game a little bit more than they have in the past," Linehan said. "Obviously, with this offensive line, this is going to be something that's going to help our passing game." The claim is rich coming from Linehan because nobody dialed up more passes during his five years in Detroit. Perhaps he's seen the light, but we still expect Linehan to ultimately live and die by the pass.

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ESPN's Todd Archer does not expect the Cowboys to "throw max money" at DeMarco Murray.

Murray is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and while the Cowboys are likely interested in extending Murray, there is no way they will invest a ton of money in a running back with Murray's durability concerns. A ton of money may not be needed, though. The running back market is a dry as ever, and after seeing the relative pittance paid out to Ben Tate this offseason, Murray may be willing to accept a team-friendly deal. Extension or no extension, Murray projects as a low-end RB1 with upside in PPR formats in 2014.

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DeMarco Murray led all running backs (minimum 50 attempts) in yards per carry against base defenses last season.

Murray averaged a robust 5.7 yards per carry on 130 attempts against base sets, ahead of LeGarrette Blount (5.4), Kendall Hunter (5.4) and Jamaal Charles (5.1). It speaks volumes about his natural running ability. Of course, we're expecting less carries and more catches for Murray as Scott Linehan installs his pass-happy, spread scheme in Dallas. Either way, Murray is going to be on the low-end RB1 radar with upside in PPR formats.

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DeMarco Murray triggered an escalator in his rookie contract, raising his 2014 base salary from $755,469 to $1.389 million.

Murray, the 71st pick in the 2011 draft, received the bump in pay because he played at least 35 percent of the offensive snaps in his first three seasons. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Murray isn't expected to receive a contract extension before the season. He turned 26 on Wednesday and will have to prove he can stay healthy like he did for much of the 2013 campaign.

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ESPN Dallas considers DeMarco Murray "doubtful" to receive a contract extension this offseason.

It's become extremely rare for NFL teams to commit big money to running backs before their contracts expire. Murray is signed for $755,469 in 2014, the final year of his rookie deal. Murray finally stayed healthy for the most part in 2013, missing just two games and leading all NFL rushers in yards per carry (5.17) among players with at least 200 attempts. He turns 26 next month.

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The Cowboys are 11-0 when DeMarco Murray has gotten at least 20 carries in his career.

This stat is typically overrated because teams playing with a lead are able to run the ball more often. But in this case, it carries weight because the Cowboys often gave up on Murray and the running game far too soon. He averaged 5.17 YPC on the season, third in the league behind only Andre Ellington (5.52) and Donald Brown (5.26). But he only got 15.5 carries per game and topped the 20-carry mark once over the final 11 weeks. Entering a contract year in 2014, Murray will be hungry for big workloads.

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DeMarco Murray had 17 carries for 51 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.