By Harry Allison
The best way for Eagles Supreme Leader Chip Kelly to solve the underachieving and overpaid DeMarco Murray problem is to cut him.
And while it may be unthinkable and while Chipper will surely take a hit from his media-haters, he doesn’t care about that and owner Jeff Lurie doesn’t either.
But Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has an interesting take:
“The Eagles owe Murray a fully-guaranteed base salary of $7 million for 2016. The only way to avoid that payment would be to cut him now, and then to have someone claim his contract on waivers.
“That’s where this one gets the most interesting. Would another team step into the shoes of the Murray deal? With $5 million in signing bonus, a $3 million roster bonus, and most of a $1 million base salary for 2015 already paid, does a $7 million commitment for the stretch run in 2015 plus all of 2016 justify the investment?
“If no one claims the Murray contract on waivers, he’ll become a free agent — and the Eagles would be entitled to an offset of the $7 million based on whatever he makes next season.”