When Tony Romo sees DeMarco Murray, he sees an NFL rushing champion.

When Jason Garrett sees Murray, he sees an NFL rushing champion.

When agent Pat Dye sees Murray, he sees an NFL rushing champion.

When the Cowboys’ fan base sees Murray, it sees an NFL rushing champion.

But when Stephen Jones sees Murray, he sees a 27-year-old running back.

That’s because as guardian of the Dallas salary cap, in the best interest of the franchise, Jones must focus on a player’s future, not his past. What’s his value going forward?

Murray was the league’s best running back in 2014, winning his first NFL rushing crown by almost 500 yards. A commitment to the run — and thus a commitment to Murray — propelled the Cowboys from a decade of mediocrity into Super Bowl contention.

His breakout could not have come at a better time for Murray — the final season of his rookie contract. Now he’s in a position to cash in. He can become a free agent this month.

As a third-round draft choice, Murray did not receive the big money at the front end of his career. So this will be the one time in life Murray can command top dollar for his football services. He’s looking for a long-term deal that would guarantee his security. Think five years.