Can Alfred Morris go home again?
There are reports that the Dallas Cowboys have the former Redskins running back up on the trading block. Dallas had a bit of a logjam behind Ezekiel Elliott after Darren McFadden returned from an elbow injury. Morris rushed 69 times for 243 yards and two touchdowns for Dallas but he was inactive in three of the team’s final four games. According to reports the Cowboys believe that McFadden and Lance Dunbar are better suited to the backup and third-down duties needed behind Elliott.
Morris led the Redskins in rushing in each of his four years with the team after being drafted in the sixth round in 2012. He set the team record for rushing yards in a season with 1,613 as Morris and fellow rookie Robert Griffin III led the team to the NFC East title.
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After that Morris production dropped each season and the team didn’t make an effort to re-sign him after his rookie contract expired. The Cowboys signed him to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with $1.8 million guaranteed. If he is traded or released the team will save $1.6 million in salary cap space.
It seems unlikely that the Redskins would be interested in trading for Morris. They let him walk away without a fight a year ago and the same group is in charge of things are Redskins Park.
In fact, the Cowboys will have difficulty getting much of anything in return for Morris. The rest of the league can look at their depth chart and see that Morris will be the odd man out. Morris’ contract calls for a salary of $1.2 million this season with up to $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses. If teams are interested in bringing in Morris they will wait until he is released and then they will attempt to sign him at a more team friendly deal.
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Would the Redskins take a look if Morris was on the open market? Never say never but, again, the same guys who let him out the door are still in charge. Morris’ 243 rushing yards last year likely did little to change their minds.