Cowboys add Washington running back Alfred Morris

AP

Alfred Morris has always played well against the Cowboys, and now he gets to play for them.

The Washington free agent running back has signed a new two-year deal with Dallas, per multiple reports.

Morris is coming off his worst season as a pro, with just 751 rushing yards. In fact, he’s gotten progressively worse each year after his 1,610-yard rookie season.

But he has 710 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in eight games against the Cowboys, so maybe they were more moved by that trend.

He gives them a veteran complement to Darren McFadden, but it’s still a far cry from a running game which was one of the league’s best two years ago.

84 responses to “Cowboys add Washington running back Alfred Morris

  1. Dan he play qb when Romo breaks another bone about the second game of the season? That is the critical question. Anyone know what kind of qb Morris has been in the past?

  2. 2015 – Ranked 9th with 1890 total rushing yards
    2014 – Ranked 2nd with 2354 total rushing yards

    It’s hard to say that an offense with a healthy QB/WR1 wouldn’t have been able to run the ball more effectively last year.

  3. Yes You build the Line during the Draft and Sign FA Backs to team Freindly Deals. Honestly I see Morris having a better Season then Miller, Forte and the Rest of these Big time RBs signings

  4. Alfred is a class act and a great guy. As a Redskins fan, I don’t fear him as an opponent, but this makes me sad. Tough to root against a solid guy like Morris.

  5. The Redskins will regret this move.

    Matt Jones is not good.

    I’m officially depressed.

    McGloughan’s first mistake.

    I expect the Cowboys to take 2 from us next year.

    #badtimes

  6. “In fact, he’s gotten progressively worse each year”. I don’t get it…when will people learn that this isn’t how football works. When a baseball players OPS drops a solid amount over three straight years, yes, he has gotten “progressively worse”. But football is a team sport. When Morris first hit the scene, Griffin was putting together one of the great rookie seasons ever, and that clearly helped open lanes up for Morris. Morris’s PRODUCTION has gotten worse, but that doesn’t mean HE has gotten worse, necessarily.

    Meanwhile, ditto the claim about the Dallas rushing attack. Did you know that the Cowboys had the same yards/carry last season as in 2014? No? The team just had far carries. In fact, with NO passing game and a downgrade from Murray to McFadden, the team still put up the same efficiency…which means the rushing game was actually BETTER in 2015. Throw in Morris and a healthy Dunbar and maybe even a rookie in the draft, plus better health from Romo and Bryant, and you can bet Dallas is going to put up its best rushing effort since the mid-90s. So much for a “far cry”.

  7. With Shanahan he has 2 pro bowls without him he averages 3.8 per carry. At least Dallas knows how to run the ball! You should be happy Alfred your out of Washington!

  8. What they need from the Redskins is Bill Callahan back. Cowboys haven’t been the same with out him and the Redskins went to the playoffs which everyone knows is impossible.

  9. He gives them a veteran complement to Darren McFadden, but it’s still a far cry from a running game which was one of the league’s best two years ago.
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    McFadden finished 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards with only 10 starts.
    Your logic is very confusing.

  10. This signing by Dallas is a prime example of proving Miami is “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to value players that could contribute* on offense! * = If they fix that OL, because if they don’t – defenses are game plan for a one dimensional offense & we all remember how that worked out for Marino all those years!….and YES I know – he didn’t have the best defense to back him up either

  11. He won’t be relied upon to carry the ball 20 times a game like he did in Washington. His stats declined when RGIII went down and he was left with an offense that didn’t have many weapons besides him. Sharing time with McFadden and Dunbar will make him more fresh and I’m sure he’ll still be productive as a RB2 option behind that beast O-Line. Cowboys can focus on defense now in the draft…they need a lot of help there in the secondary and on the D-Line.

  12. Now I know how Dallas fans felt when Calvin Hill came to Washington…

    With Morris, the Cowboys get a solid, reliable back. But Washington loses a great teammate and a fan-favorite because of his “every-man” attitude. He works hard and believes in earning rewards – certainly no diva. I will hate seeing him wearing the star…

  13. The best way to tee off the team that cut you is to go to their hated rivals and kick their A while getting paid.

  14. “but it’s still a far cry from a running game which was one of the league’s best two years ago.”

    Wasn’t McFadden in the top or near the top 5 in rushing yards this past season?

  15. Morris is coming off his worst season as a pro, with just 751 rushing yards. In fact, he’s gotten progressively worse each year after his 1,610-yard rookie season.
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    could it be because he also had 100 less carries? Or could it be that he was splitting time with another running back? Or could it POSSIBLY be because the head coach once again showed his favoritism for someone else and left Morris out to dry while lying to the media?

    As a Skins fan this sucks all the way around. But not as much as the shoddy reporting done here about a stand up guy AND player.

  16. If he can contribute (not sure how much he has left in the tank) this is a good deal for Dallas; he will be great in the locker room. I root for Alfred Morris.

  17. He is a good pickup for running between the tackles, just don’t expect him to catch many balls. With McFadden as the lead back, it is smart to build up the rotation behind him to limit touches and keep him healthy.

  18. Morris is only 27 years old and with the cowboys line, looks like a great fit.
    He can catch as well, and if things work out health wise, you have a three headed running game with Morris; McFadden and Dubar.
    As a giants fan from where we stand the cowboys look like will have to use our new additions up the middle.
    CT GIANT

  19. Good move. For those who say he’s declining, his carries were reduced and he gets better with more carries-wears the D down. Solid pick up

  20. I hate to see him go to Dallas of all places…..Morris is a solid back that hardly ever fumbles! Also very durable…..As much as I hate to say it Dallas is getting a helluva RB!

  21. Hmmm “progressively worse”…do you consider any other factors of the “team sport” when making conclusions?

    Like the fact that he had a declining Griffin whom the league had “figured” out by Year two? Then the whole hodgepodge Griffin/Cousins/McCoy Year 3..or last year when they drafted Jones and split his carries? Yet he still was 3/4 of the way to a 1K year?

    This dude is a great downhill runner. Bad hands? Less than average speed? Yes, but he’s a zone blocking runner and guess what the cowboys have…he’ll get over 1,200 this year. Count it.

  22. Total class act- It is easy to like this good of a young man. Wish him nothing but the best except 2 weeks a year. It would be nice to face him a 3rd time in a year but the Cowboys won’t be that good. If he could be counted on to catch the ball out of the backfield this would have been a mistake.

  23. Hate to see him leave the Redskins. He’s a good player and an even better person.

    That being said, he isn’t great out of the backfield and he needs his touches to really get going. He’s more effective the more times he gets the ball. Splitting carries will limit his potential like it did this past season.

    Good luck Alfred!

  24. Gruden is really a scheme guy. Its going to be brilliant if they watch Alf decline and Jones become what they project. Or, he’s going to lose his job. He just does not, can not, or whatever “scheme” to the strengths of great players.

    Personally I think Jones ain’t jack and he can’t even hold Alf’s jock and none of the Redskins RB’s can stay healthy at all. What a bad decision.

    Great snag by the arch rival. Alf will overtake McFadden. And he is not, nor will he ever be, a criminal, wife beater, child molester, drug user and all the rest of the junk that Americas favorite team likes to sign.

  25. Seprix says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:23 AM
    Watch for this guy to be a great underrated fantasy RB this year.

    How so? As long as Darren McFadden is healthy. He will dominate carries. In Fantasy terms Morris is a RB 3 or 4 perhaps.

  26. 700levelvet says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:26 AM
    The…”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

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    “The most Lombardi-less franchise in sports”

    #1960

  27. Loved having Alfred in DC but he was a product of the zone read and option. Best year was when RG3 had the threat to run, after that he couldn’t break tackles never had more then a 25 yard TD run, and just wasn’t productive last season. Pierre Thomas came to the team towards the end of the season and was far better then Alfred. Best of luck in Dallas though

  28. This move has Jason Garrett’s hand print all over it, and I love it. Most people, would clamor for them to wait and draft a RB, however, a solid RB who has never missed a game who has experience running in this division on a top tier o-line is a great move. He comes knowledgable about pass-protections and run fits so this should be a good fit.

    P.S. He was also drafted in a zone-run scheme by Shannahan which is a similar zone-concept scheme we employ is also good. A total win by dallas….

    Please draft defense in our 1st 2 picks please……

  29. It’s so cute how some Cowboy fans think this is a great signing. Um, there’s a reason why he was still available for Dallas to grab him. He’s a one-trick pony in a zone blocking offense who has lost his burst.

    But good on you Dallas for giving him a job. Alfred is a great person. Hope he puts that money away.

  30. Alfred’s worst season was behind the Bill Callahan coached line that runs a power blocking scheme… and he’s going to a team that runs a Bill Callahan power blocking scheme… I’m not too worried.

  31. “Yuck. I hate to root against Alf but good luck to him. Great guy. Jerry does not deserve such a good person on his team of criminals.”

    More criminals on other teams. Dallas actually is one of the lowest as far as criminals. Don’t believe me, look it up. I did.

  32. Always liked him, think this is a good move by Dallas, good team guy, good third down guy probably see an uptick in TD’s.
    Hated last year, it seemed like he didn’t fit what Washington was doing, so maybe this is a good move for him as well.
    Is it September yet.?

  33. Skins fan here, sad to see Alf go. Didn’t see the field that much this year, skins phased him out. First cowboy in my life that I hope does well, except for the games against us of course. Cheers alf.. am I the only one that thinks alf finding a team before rg is hilarious..

  34. Washington was not a good running team (20th).

    A lot is made of Morris’ 3.7 avg but he still lead the team with 751 yards.

    Matt Jones may be faster, but his 3.4 avg shows he didn’t get to use that speed very much.

    McFadden went from a 3.4 avg in Oakland to a 4.6 avg in Dallas. Hopefully Morris can have a similar improvement.

    I’m curious to see how they use him. Dallas had virtually nothing behind McFadden, so giving him a compliment would help the team a lot

  35. Huge signing…. Best one in years…. S Jones must have had hands on deal….Sooner Jerrah rides off into sunset the better they will be… Can’t stand them??

  36. Don’t like to see him go because he was such a good guy. He didn’t have home run speed, and he flourished when rgme was willing to do what made them both successful. Good luck alf.

  37. Not just a good player, but a good man and role model. The kind of player Dallas needs. Welcome to the Cowboys!

  38. Hope he sets a new league rushing record with 2,400 yards and the cowboys go 4 & 12 (beating the giant & eagles twice).
    We will miss you Alf…respect from skins fans everywhere!

  39. romosmicrodongs says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:59 AM
    Alfred’s worst season was behind the Bill Callahan coached line that runs a power blocking scheme… and he’s going to a team that runs a Bill Callahan power blocking scheme… I’m not too worried.
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    That is not entirely accurate. When Callahan came, he brought along Frank Pollack as his assistant. Pollack was the o-line coach for Gary Kubiack when he was in Houston, where they installed a zone scheme, a scheme that Shannahan used in Houston. So I disagree with that entirely.

  40. “He gives them a veteran complement to Darren McFadden, but it’s still a far cry from a running game which was one of the league’s best two years ago.”

    This is one of the most idiotic statements I have ever seen
    Do you even have access to stats?

  41. Why did it have to be the Cowgirls? As a Redskins fan, I can’t root against this guy. Wish we could’ve re-signed him. Our line made progress last year, but the run blocking was not doing him any favors. Oh, well… Just don’t kill us twice a year, Alf.

  42. As a Cowboys fan, I’m not too excited over this signing. I’m actually bummed out..I’m not a fan of Morris.

    Obviously a declining back that was phased out of DC, with tons of wear on him, declining skills, and he’s always been a one dimensional player, never a receiving threat..

    I surely would have waited on adding an aged vet RB until after the draft played out….say, a healed Arian Foster in early July before camp??…much better back..

    I am please to hear positive mentions from Skins fans that Alf Morris seems well respected and was a leader…but not exactly what Dallas needs….I hope my assessment is wrong, and he pounds out big chucks of yardage behind the leagues #1 O Line…

    This signing almost certainly puts Jerrah in the foolish mindset that RB is not necessarily a position of need in this upcoming draft anymore…

    He failed to address this position in last years draft, and I can assume he’ll not use either rd1, rd2 picks on a new back this year, which is fine…but he’d be a damn fool not to bring in a top back with their 3rd rd pick………

    CJ Prosise from ND is the guy I covet in the 3rd…Make it happen Jerrah..

  43. romosmicrodongs says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    Alfred’s worst season was behind the Bill Callahan coached line that runs a power blocking scheme… and he’s going to a team that runs a Bill Callahan power blocking scheme… I’m not too worried.
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    Do what? Dallas, up until McFadden, ran a ZBS under Callahan. They wanted to continue running same, but when the Randle experiment failed, they couldn’t due to McFadden’s lack of vision to find the running lane.
    3 things can be gleaned from this. 1. Now you know why Randle was given every chance to be the lead back. 2. Dallas’ line is so good they could abandon their core blocking concept that they had been practicing for months-mid season- and still put up a 1000 yard rusher. (sure all of them played man at some point, but together-no.) 3. Those who think Jerry still makes all the decisions have more ammo here. McFadden didn’t play well in Oakland’s ZBS and wasn’t really a fit in Dallas but was signed because- Arkansas Razorback.

  44. Silly Cowboys.

    You’re supposed to shed marginally talented RB’s with excessive wear and tear, not acquire them. Being a great guy doesn’t make you a great fit.

    Let’s see…270 carries a season and a yards per carry that went from 4.8 to a 3.7 last year.

    Need I say more?

  45. Good, low risk signing. We will know after this year if he really declined, or was a victim of a bad line and a constantly changing offense. If he has a great year, awesome. If he doesn’t, low investment, low risk. And one of the few guys that Cowboy and Redskin fans can agree is a good dude.

  46. He gives them a veteran complement to Darren McFadden, but it’s still a far cry from a running game which was one of the league’s best two years ago.
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    In 2014 they had the #2 running game (by yards).
    In 2015 they had the #9 running game (by yards).

    It wasn’t a “far cry”.

  47. Silly Cowboys.

    You’re supposed to shed marginally talented RB’s with excessive wear and tear, not acquire them. Being a great guy doesn’t make you a great fit.

    Let’s see…270 carries a season and a yards per carry that went from 4.8 to a 3.7 last year.

    Need I say more?

    Not until you fully grow up and understand the game of football, so NO please say no more, you’ve already exposed your limitations son!!

  48. douchebigelow
    Mar 22, 2016, 10:22 AM EDT
    Welcome to #AmericasTeam Alfred, congrats on escaping the dysfunction and mediocrity that is the Redskins.

    Ya cause the Cowboys have never been dysfunctional and they always find themselves in the playoffs.

  49. Morris is a good guy and as a Skins fan, I’m sad to see him go as a person. If Alf is successful in Dallas, great for him and of course bad for us but he didn’t fit the scheme that the Skins were running. His numbers have declined and you can interpret them as you want. The eyeball test is the other part of the equation. Morris looked like a different runner last year than he did in the past. I remember thinking during the clincher against Philly last year that Morris ran like he had no heart and easily went down often where in the past he would drag a tackler for an extra yard or two. The commenter above mentioned Pierre Thomas and honestly, Pierre ran harder and averaged more than a yard more per carry than Alf. I know, limited touches and he had less wear and tear on him at the time but from the eyeball test, Thomas was running like Morris used to. Maybe the change helps Morris. You like to see good things happen to good people and Alf is a class act.

  50. This was a good pickup. He’s not super but he’ll make a solid tandem in the backfield. The Cowboys were basically the same (measured by yards per carry) last year as with DeMarco, but the critical exception is that they got a lot worse on 3rd and 1 (partly because no one feared the pass, but still). Hopefully Morris can help on those plays.

  51. Great guy… But… Calm down Dallas fans. As a Redskins fan I’m not crying about Alf leaving he has steadily declined the last 3 years. His best year was a product of the read option and RG scaring Defenses before they figured it out. We have a real GM now unlike you who has built champions… Again… Unlike you. Don’t believe me? Who is your division champion despite Alfred having a terrible year. I don’t want to hear the Romo hurt thing because if you had a real GM maybe you would had a real backup.
    HTTR
    IN SCOT WE TRUST

  52. Good bye and good luck ALF… go get that money. Hate to see him go to Dallas, but in a lot of ways he seemed to be slowing down and the skins need a back with some explosiveness.

    Anyway, he’s a good dude, he blocks well and he’s has the best ability – AVAILABILITY, he will be there each week.

    With all that said go Skins, let’s tear it up next year! HTTR

  53. Oh snap…w/ a lil/enough space to get downhill, dudes a wrecking ball. Will never forget vs CLE how often & many defenders just bounce off that dude, soon as he got to 2nd level. If anything, grateful for unlikelihood now of Zeke donning that wretched star!

  54. The only reason Morris didn’t have well over 1,000 yards last year was because the Skins brought in Matt Jones to split the carries. I’m mad my Skins did this bc they didn’t want to pay him. Dallas got a good one.

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