It seems like the Cowboys have an axe to grind and are back at it with another free agency pickup. This time, they’ve wrestled away a good running back from that division rival team from Washington. Alfred Morris was said to be visiting Valley Ranch yesterday and it didn’t take long for them to strike an agreement.
Moments ago, Alfred Morris' agent, @seanstellato, confirmed the former Redskins' RB will sign a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 22, 2016
The #Cowboys signed RB Alfred Morris to a 2-year worth $3.5M base, source said, with a chance to earn up to $5.5M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2016
Though the Cowboys had a pretty good rushing attack in 2015 and resurrected the career of Darren McFadden, leaving all your trust in just him isn't the safest way to approach the 2016 season. The Cowboys currently have three backs on the roster as prior to this signing, McFadden, Rod Smith and an ACL-recovering Lance Dunbar.
Morris was a sixth-round pick in 2012 who burst on the scene in his rookie year with 1,613 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns with a 100-yard game average. He followed that up with two more 1,000+ yard rushing seasons before splitting carries and playing time with Washington draft pick Matt Jones last season.
Morris is considered a perfect scheme fit for the zone blocking scheme that Dallas prefers although the Dallas’ offensive line showed they can master any scheme really. Morris sees the hole and hits it with great vision and balance. He’s also got that home run mentality as Cowboys fans are all too aware of. Dallas needed more depth at running back and Morris could compete for the starting gig right away if asked to. In only four years in the NFL, Morris has almost 5,000 rushing yards, 29 touchdowns and a 4.4 yard per carry average. Not bad for the Cowboys to grab a player that has often had success against them, especially when you can take him from a team you see twice each year.