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Alfred Morris didn’t like being a free agent “one bit”

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 19:  Alfred Morris #46 of the Dallas Cowboys runs for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter of a pre-season game at AT&T Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

For a lot of players, free agency is an enjoyable moment in a career as you get a chance to be wined and dined by teams trying to throw money in your pocket to get your signature on a contract.

Champagne wishes and caviar dreams weren’t on the docket for Cowboys running back Alfred Morris this offseason, though. Morris hit the open market off a down season in Washington that saw him post career lows across the board while learning that the Redskins didn’t see keeping him as a priority. There weren’t teams lining up to sign him away either.

“The free agency process was very insulting, to just say the least,” Morris said, via ESPN.com. “I didn’t like it one bit. I don’t want to do it again. … It was a crazy experience and just due to last season and everybody saying my production went down, a lot of people threw shots at me and tried to say, ‘Hey, he just wasn’t good,'”

Morris didn’t look very good in 2015 and that drop in production came at the worst possible time. Even if the reasons for his lack of success go beyond things under his control, it gives teams a reason to lower offers or look elsewhere for backfield help in what was set up as Morris’ biggest bite at the apple.

Morris wound up signing a two-year deal worth up to $5.5 million with the Cowboys, although any incentives will be tougher to reach with Ezekiel Elliott now on board. Morris put a positive bow on the experience, calling the job in Dallas “an opportunity to live my dream” that also gives him the opportunity to return to his old stomping grounds this weekend.

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12 Responses to “Alfred Morris didn’t like being a free agent “one bit””
  1. mykelane says: Sep 15, 2016 8:02 AM

    so sensy…

  2. medialovesthecowboys says: Sep 15, 2016 8:45 AM

    Morris looked effective in the preseason and light years ahead of Elliot in Week 1. If he keeps playing like he is, I would be surprised if he doesn’t get the lions’ share. Especially if Elliot keeps playing the way he did against the Giants. At first I thought “Well maybe all that money NYG spent on D this year has translated in a stout run defense. Then they plugged Morris in and he made that D-Line look human.

  3. dalfanforever says: Sep 15, 2016 8:53 AM

    Alf didn’t look good because the Redskins line is terrible. They wanted to focus on the pass and they’ve done that at the expense of their running game. Danny boy tried to do this on the cheap, which is a shame. I honestly feared Alf when he ran the ball. I think Cowboys fans were stunned when he was released and more than pleased when he was signed. I’m personally glad he’s with us now.

    He’ll be with us for a probably as long as he’s productive and affordable, just like Stephen Jones wants it. And maybe he can teach Zeke to actually wait on his blocks before he tries to blast through.

  4. sportoficionado says: Sep 15, 2016 8:57 AM

    Alf is by far the best free agent signing that my ‘boys have had in quite some time. He is just as explosive and smooth a runner as he was as a rookie, should make for an outstanding combo with Zeke.

  5. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Sep 15, 2016 9:02 AM

    If he thinks free agency is very insulting, try being one of the millions of people looking for work that have to interview for the same position three hundred other people applied for. To make half of what you used to make at the job you got laid off from after twenty years.

    That’s whats insulting.

  6. richndc says: Sep 15, 2016 9:15 AM

    Dallas 27, Redskins 10. Might be a muddy game, Cousins will throw 2 picks, maybe fumble. Bank it.

  7. TheAfterParty says: Sep 15, 2016 9:20 AM

    Morris is a good guy and a solid player. Any team would be happy to have him.

  8. dreadnok89 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:26 AM

    I can actually see him being used more. He just goes strait. Elliot 2.4 ypc are really dismal behind that line

  9. wedemboyz88 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:33 AM

    Morris is a beast, we are happy to have him! #DC4L

  10. jdthemd says: Sep 15, 2016 9:42 AM

    Happy to have him.

  11. genericcommenter says: Sep 15, 2016 10:37 AM

    The Redskins certainly did their best to get their money’s worth (not that other teams wouldn’t), getting a guy on a low round rookie contract and making him a workhorse, only to cut his playing time in what was likely his only real contract season.

    At least he’s a frugal and likable guy; I’m sure he will be fine and on such a reasonable deal I think he will be productive enough to justify it.

  12. buccaboo says: Sep 15, 2016 10:53 AM

    Wasted pick on EE. Morris is way better

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