BOCA RATON, Fla.—Shortly after Alfred Morris signed with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Scot McCloughan wished him well. But the Redskins’ general manager also indicated that he was completely comfortable moving on from a popular player who had served as his team's primary running back since 2012.
“You know what?” McCloughan said at the NFL owners meetings, “good for him. He’s got a home. I wish it was outside the division, but that’s okay.”
Morris, whose production declined steadily the past three seasons, inked a two-year deal with Washington’s biggest rival earlier on Tuesday. The 27-year-old took his visit since becoming a free agent to Dallas on Monday.
“We made a decision in-house, and it is what it is,” McCloughan added. “He’s a good football player. He’s a very good person. He’s had a good career. But, you know, the way the NFL works is you’re always trying to get better. You’re always trying to bring in younger [players]. And that’s part of the process. I hope he does a nice job—except against us twice a year.”
Asked if he found it difficult to walk away from a player who was well liked at Redskins Park, McCloughan said he simply made a football decision.
“It’s not about the individual, it’s about the 53," McCloughan said. "It’s my job to make sure that I’m doing whatever’s best—in my opinion—for the organization. We have a great personnel staff. We have a great coaching staff. The front office is phenomenal. We have to just keep striving to make sure that we identify what we want and what we need and understand the value of the player and go forward.”