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.
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The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.
The Redskins are coming off an 8-7-1 season and are in the middle of an offseason that's included a lot of change. Therefore, the team needs to ace their 2017 NFL Draft and bring in a rookie class with a lot of talent.
How will they do that, though? Starting with pick No. 17, will the Redskins draft a player based on need or based on their board? And which prospects would be the best fits for Washington?
Scroll through CSNmidatlantic.com's 2017 Redskins draft preview for the most in-depth coverage of the team's draft you'll find before the big night.
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From February to July of 2016, Redskins fans anxiously waited for news that quarterback Kirk Cousins would agree to a contract extension with the franchise. It never happened. It's late April, and Cousins and Washington are on the same track in 2017.
While fans grow wary of the lack of movement towards a new deal, some league sources think contract talks will heat up as the calendar draws closer to the July 15 deadline.
That doesn't mean Cousins can't have a good sense of humor about things.
To be clear, this is another year of Cousins working to promote the Holland Hospital in his hometown in Michigan. This is not an extension with the Redskins. And it gave a number of Redskins fans an outburst of excitement before a stark realization. Below are a few Twitter responses:
Considering how testy the contract talks between the 'Skins and Cousins representatives have been at times, it's good to see the club's all-time single season passing yards record holder be able to laugh about things.
It doesn't, however, mean much about the actual negotiations between Washington and Cousins.
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