DeMarco Murray and Cowboys have discussed contract extension

DeMarco Murray leads the NFL in rushing. Murray is also in the final year of his rookie contract.

That has led the Dallas Cowboys to approach the running back about a contract extension.

“Yeah, of course,” Murray said about the potential of a new deal, via ESPN Dallas. “It’s out of my control.”

Murray is making $1.3 million this season and the reality is the Cowboys could place the franchise tag on him next season. The franchise tag for running backs in 2014 was $9.54 million while the transition tag was $8.033 million.

The Cowboys have yet to get a full season out of Murray so while he may be off to a strong start the team is exercising patience. While Murray’s 670 yards on the ground are the most in the NFL so too are his 130 carries.

“I think they know what’s best for the team,” Murray said about his workload. “It’s hard during a game to come out, but those are two good guys (backups Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle) that we trust and we know what they can do. Whatever they feel is necessary to help us win.”