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Free-agent running back DeMarco Murray is en route to Philadelphia to meet with Eagles officials, with the expectation that he will ditch the Dallas Cowboys and join the team, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.


In the ensuing hours Thursday, Dallas began calling around looking for other running backs, expecting that they will lose Murray, Schefter’s sources said.

Murray personally reached out to Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly on Wednesday morning, expressing his desire to play in Kelly’s spread offense and with former Oklahoma roommate and quarterback Sam Bradford, league and team sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Murray’s call was enough to jump-start tepid interest from the Eagles, despite their agreeing Wednesday to sign former San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews to a three-year, $11.5 million deal that includes $5 million guaranteed.

The obstacle for Murray signing with the Eagles still would be money, a source said, as Kelly has made it publicly and privately clear the team will be financially prudent in their personnel decisions. Kelly did not go to Oregon’s pro day Thursday, opting to remain in Philadelphia to meet and greet Murray.

If the Eagles do sign DeMarco Murray, they’ll be replacing the NFL’s leading rusher in 2013 (LeSean McCoy) with 2014’s leading rusher.

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