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Mailbag: Cowboys' Record Causing Teams To Overpay Players; Murray's Destination

Do you think the Cowboys' 12-4 record last year is causing other teams to overpay for players that were role players and backups on this team?

Bryan: Those role players were good players and in many cases better than the players they were playing with. I would have never believed that Durant, Parnell and Harris would have received the money they did but that's free agency.

Nick: I think that always plays a big role in this, starting back in the mid-90's when free agency first started. Alvin Harper got more money than he should've because of his association here. That's just one example but it could be the biggest. Great teams will get players poached and when I see Parnell get that cash, I think it stems from the Cowboys' success. Now he played well, but he's surrounded by great players. Same goes for Harris and Carter. When you look at Carter, there is a lot of good and bad in his play. Depending on the games these teams watched, the evaluation of him can change dramatically. But it's pretty basic, good teams have good players and you can't pay everyone.

If Murray signs with another team, would you rather see him twice a year or play for an AFC team that you'll probably never face with him there?

Bryan: It doesn't matter in my opinion – you still have to prepare to play the games whether he is there or not.

Nick: At this point, it probably doesn't matter that much. But if he blows up on his next team, you'd rather it be with the Bengals but the Cowboys had plenty of chances to sign Murray and they didn't. So if he signs with an AFC team or the Eagles, then that's the chance you take. He's a good player and had a great season. We'll see if he does the same at his next team, if he goes somewhere else. Obviously, he's had somewhat of a fumbling problem, so if he faces the Cowboys again, you hope that occurs again. But seriously, the Cowboys could've avoided all of this if they really truly wanted Murray back that bad.


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