1 of 3 | Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray (29) dodges a tackle by New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on December 6, 2015. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 35-28. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI | License Photo
Running back DeMarco Murray is happy playing for the Philadelphia Eagles despite reports to the contrary.
Murray, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Eagles in the offseason after leading the NFL in rushing last year for the Dallas Cowboys, was said to be upset about his lack of carries in Philadelphia's 35-28 win over the New England Patriots last Sunday.
It was reported that Murray sat by team owner Jeffrey Lurie on the plane after the game and vented his frustration. But Murray said Thursday that sitting by Lurie was unplanned.
"I love playing for this team, I love the fans," Murray said. "When I signed on that dotted line, I knew I was going to be here for a long time and I'm committed to win a lot of games here. Obviously, it's a tough year for myself and the team so far, but we've still got a chance."
Murray was on the field for only 14 of 61 offensive snaps against the Patriots. His first season with the Patriots has mostly been a disappointment with a 3.5-yards-per carry average.
"I wouldn't say I was disappointed," Murray said. "Obviously, we won the game so I thought I was happy for that. But every player wants the opportunity to contribute to the team, especially me as a competitor, to have a chance to go out there and work out and do what I can to help this team. It was a little different, but we won the game. That was the biggest thing."
Murray has shared time in the backfield this year with Ryan Mathews, Kenjon Barner and Darren Sproles. Murray has rushed for 569 yards and four touchdowns on 163 carries this season.
"Obviously, it's hard," Murray said. "I've never been in this situation before. And you have to deal with it as best you can. But like I said, every guy in this locker room wants the ball. It's not just me. Everyone loves the football. Everyone loves to make plays.
"The biggest thing for me is just that I want to contribute to this team. I feel like I can be a big piece of that. And obviously, we won the game, so I was extremely happy about that. You always want to contribute in any way, whether it's passing the ball, blocking, catching, whatever the case may be. You just want to have some type of contribution to the team."