Alfred Morris Inks 2-Year With Rival, Dallas Cowboys
Alfred Morris quickly proved himself to the Washington Redskins’ organization and their fans. Drafted by the team with 173rd pick in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft, no one knew that Alfred Morris would go on to play every regular season game for the Redskins over the next four seasons.
His rookie season is what made Alfred Morris a household name. With 335 carries, Morris managed to rush for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns. He only fumbled the ball four times, in the 16 regular season games he played in. His season-long performance helped lead the team to the playoff’s in 2012. Although they lost in their first playoff game, Morris impressed fans with 80 yards, given 16 carries. However, he failed to find the endzone.
The next two seasons weren’t as successful as his first, but they were still impressive for a young running back. Although his team failed to make the playoffs both years, Morris rushed for 2,349 yards and 15 touchdowns over that span.
His first “real” downfall came last season, when Alfred Morris didn’t perform up-to-par. His attempts dropped down to 202, as the Redskins were often forced to air the ball out. His 202 carries translated to 751 yards and only found the endzone once. Keep in mind, the Redskins were forced to use their quarterback most games, which led to a decreased role for Morris.
Bright Future for Alfred Morris
When the NFL off-season kicked off, no one knew where Morris would take his talent. However, that question has now been answered. Reports stated that Alfred Morris has signed a 2-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, a rival of the Washington Redskins. The deal was reported to be worth $5.5 million, with $2 million of that guaranteed.
Alfred Morris will join Darren McFadden as the two lead-backs in Dallas. Jerry Jones, Owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has already stated that McFadden will be the starting running back going into the season. However, he expects Morris to have a “substantive” role in the offense.
The General Manager of the Redskins, Scot McLoughan, reached out with his best hopes for Morris:
“Good for him. He’s got a home. I wish it was outside the Division. That’s okay. We made the decision in-house, but it is what it is. He’s a good player. He’s a very good person and he’s had a good career. But you’re always trying to get better, always trying to bring in younger,” said McLoughan.
With Darren McFadden’s health at a constant worry, Alfred Morris could very well find himself in control of the Cowboys’ backfield. Not to mention, he could simply just out-play McFadden and win the job.