DeMarco Murray hasn’t ruled out a return to Dallas, but that won’t happen before he sees what other teams have to offer.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told FOX Sports’ Mark Lane on Saturday that talks with the running back have been “slow” and that Murray likely will test the free agency waters.

“(Murray) is probably going to, you know, get some peace and see what’s out in the market, and then we’ll talk and see,” Jones said. “I do believe deep down he’d love to stay in Dallas.”

The Cowboys confirmed they will use their franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant, so that leaves Murray — whose 1,845 rushing yards this season led the NFL and broke Emmitt Smith’s franchise record — free to see what he can fetch on the market. Dallas, however, doesn’t seem too worried about his future yet.

“We’ve had some really good football players go into free agency: (former tight end) Jay Novacek and (former safety) Darren Woodson and, you know, they still sign with the Cowboys,” Jones told Lane. “So, just because you’re a free agent doesn’t mean you’re not necessarily going to end up back in Dallas.”

NFL free agency officially begins March 7, and unrestricted free agents can begin signing contracts March 10.

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