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NFL Free Agency: Latest on DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, C.J. Spiller

A look at some of the biggest stories regarding NFL players set to hit free agency.

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Two of the biggest names to hit free agency this year could both be Dallas Cowboys players. After leading the NFL in rushing yards while breaking several franchise records, DeMarco Murray will easily be the top running back to hit the market if Dallas doesn't re-sign him.

Also set to hit free agency is All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant led the NFL with 16 touchdowns and had over 1,200 yards receiving for the second consecutive season. If Dallas can't sign Bryant to a long-term extension, owner Jerry Jones said they will use the franchise tag on him, which will pay him around $12.5 million in 2015.

Whether they tag him or extend him, keeping Bryant means it will be hard for the Boys to keep Murray, which Jones has acknowledged.

"It's going to be a challenge," Jones said. "Is it financially reasonable? No. Is it possible? Yes. But if you just looked at it from dollars and cents, it probably doesn't look reasonable. You have to figure out how you get there, but at the end of the day you realize it's going to be costly to have both of those players."

The next best running back to hit the market could be Buffalo's C.J. Spiller. Speaking Thursday, Bills GM Doug Whaley said he'd do his "darndest" to re-sign impending free agent C.J. Spiller. As for new head coach Rex Ryan, he too wants to keep his most dynamic back.

"I've met C.J. and obviously I have a great deal of respect for him having to try to stop him and things," said Ryan. "One thing I think that he’s going to understand about me is I’m going to tell him what I believe to be the truth. All players seem to appreciate that."

The Bills have started talks with impending free agent defensive end/outside linebacker Jerry Hughes. Coming off back-to-back 10-sack seasons, Hughes is quietly one of the top pass-rushers about to hit the market if he's not re-signed.

As for the AFC North, Ravens free agent tight end Owen Daniels said he thinks he has "a couple more" years left in him. Baltimore wants him back regardless of what happens with Dennis Pitta, whose NFL career could be over due to recurring hip issues.