Alfred Morris’ future remains murky with Cowboys

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Alfred Morris has become forgotten, mainly because he never complains. One of the NFL’s nice guys, Morris has gotten more publicity for his 1991 Mazda he bought for $2 than about anything regarding his role with the Cowboys.

But Morris’ future remains uncertain, even as he shows up to The Star every day with a smile on his face. The Cowboys have shopped Morris all offseason, and there’s a good chance his future is elsewhere.

“Straight pro,” Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown told PFT. “Doesn’t talk about it. Doesn’t mention it. Comes out has fun with it. Enjoys being around his teammates. That’s the kind of guys you need.”

Morris signed with the Cowboys last season before they drafted Ezekiel Elliott in the first round. Morris played only 112 snaps in 13 games, getting 61 carries.

The Cowboys believe Morris needs carries to be successful, which makes him an ill fit in their offense with Elliott expected to play an even bigger role this season, and Darren McFadden having re-signed for one year with a $695,000 cap hit.

Morris is scheduled to make $1.2 million, counting $2.14 million against the cap. That likely makes him expendable unless the Cowboys have an injury to Elliott or McFadden before the start of the season.

That’s exactly what happened last year when McFadden fractured his right elbow during the offseason and missed most of last season.

“You just don’t know from year to year what’s going to happen, so you try to keep as many great players around as you can and then the business takes over after that,” Brown said. “Obviously, we would like everybody to stay, but that’s not realistic. We’ve got to make sure we’re training everybody, and we’re covering all our bases, and let whatever happens happen.”

Executive vice president Stephen Jones admitted last month that the Cowboys would prefer their third running back to contribute on special teams. Morris does not play special teams. That might open up a roster spot for Temple running back Jahad Thomas, whom the Cowboys signed as an undrafted rookie free agent.

But the Cowboys, who coveted San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round before the Eagles beat them to him, plan to use rookie Ryan Switzer in the running game in place of free-agent departure Lance Dunbar.

Morris, though, could help a running back-needy team. He is a three-time 1,000-yard rusher whose positive locker room presence make him a good fit somewhere.

14 responses to “Alfred Morris’ future remains murky with Cowboys

  1. Morris is def one of the good guys, he def deserves to be a starter again but due to the lack of versatility his stock is low unfortunately.

  2. Alfred Morris is still a damn good RB that could contribute a lot.

    If Dallas was smart, they’d get rid of glass McFadden who has proven he can’t stay healthy and hasn’t been that great even when he is healthy.

    Morris is a better more reliable back than McFadden ever has been and could gladly serve as a steady, productive second running back option to spell Elliott. Morris has the ability to a bell cow, feature back if Elliott were to miss time.

  3. Always though he would’ve made a good Patriot signing prior to the 2016 season. Morris is cheap, reliable and runs hard between the tackles. They ended up bringing back Blount for 1 year on the cheap and that worked out fine, but I still think Morris would’ve been a perfect fit in New England.

  4. He needs to be a starter and bell cow for a zone running O, otherwise he’s not that guy.

    Can’t play power run O and do that dance, can’t play special teams, liability on 3rd down due to brick hands and average blocking.

    He will be the best guy in the locker room tho. Some team with a zone stretch O could get a great piece with AlfMo. God Bless that dude.

  5. With zeke being suspended for the first 4 games of the season, and zeke doing something while being suspended occurring a season ending suspension, I would keep Morris.

  6. I can easily see him going to San Francisco or St. Louis as a #2 back. Alf did well under Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay as OCs, and both of those teams could use a reliable backup. He’d arguably be the lead back in San Fran, having already run in Shanny’s system, and he’s produced more than Carlos Hyde. Gurley is a little more of a stretch for him to beat out, but I can easily see him overtaking Hyde.

  7. 4.5 average over 2 years with each year averaging 1450 per year with Shanahan. With Gruden and the Cowboys averaging 3.7 per carry and 400 yards a year over 3 years. Where would you go?

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