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DeMarco Murray wants to remain with the Dallas Cowboys

Murray is set to hit free agency, but hopes he can find a way to work out a new contract with the Cowboys.

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DeMarco Murray is now less than a month away from the expiration of his contract with the Dallas Cowboys and if the 26-year-old reaches the free agency market, he would certainly be the top running back in the class. He's hopeful, though, that he doesn't reach the open market and told David Moore of the Dallas Morning News Tuesday would prefer to stay with the team that drafted him.

After Murray led the NFL in rushing yards and touchdowns in 2014, it's easy to see why the Cowboys would want to keep him around. He took home the AP Offensive Player of the Year award after rushing for 1,845 yards on a league-high 392 attempts to go along with 13 touchdowns.

The problem is the Cowboys don't have much cap room to work with and Murray isn't the team's only superstar with an expiring contract. With wide receiver Dez Bryant also ready for a new contract, the Cowboys may have to choose between the two All-Pros. Murray hopes that doesn't mean his time with the Cowboys is through:

"Obviously I think they want me here,'' Murray said. "I want to be here. It's just finding the ... I think, the, you know ... just what helps them, what helps me. Things like that.

"I think both sides want (me) to be here, so I think we'll see where it goes.''

The Cowboys selected Murray in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and after his first career 1,000-yard season in 2013, the team committed to giving him the bulk of the workload in 2014 with positive results.

Murray scored twice in two playoff games for the Cowboys in January, but a controversial call in the final minutes of a Divisional round game against the Green Bay Packers ended the team's Super Bowl hopes. Murray told Moore that winning a championship ring is more important to him than racking up big statistics:

"It's not about the yards for me. It's about winning a Super Bowl. If this place gives me the best chance, I'm going to stay here.''

In four seasons, Murray has racked up 4,526 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground in addition to 1,196 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. Despite his increased workload this past season, Murray hasn't felt the wear and tear, and said "I feel like I haven’t even entered my prime yet."

If he doesn't re-sign with the Cowboys, he'll receive plenty of interest on the free agent market, with teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis ColtsTennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders looking for running back help.