Will the real Alfred Morris be revealed in 2016? Or did we see him in 2014 and 2015?
If anyone is in need of a career revival, it’s Morris. He went from setting the Redskins’ record for rushing yards in a season in 2012 to struggling while gaining 3.7 yards per carry.
In deciding to sign with the Cowboys, Morris may have looked at what playing behind their vaunted offensive line did for Darren McFadden.
The former Raider, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, had been scuffling in Oakland. From 2012-2014 he averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and 43 yards per game. He signed with the Cowboys as a free agent and at the age of 28 he had his best season since 2010, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 68 yards per game.
The Redskins, of course, will wish Morris well publically but will privately hope that he doesn’t enjoy a McFadden-like rebound. But that is the risk a team runs in free agency. The team made no effort to keep Morris other than to say that if he didn’t find anything he could check back in with them. If you let a player walk like that you have to be prepared for him to land wherever he lands and that may be with your main division rival.
Scot McCloughan believes that the Redskins were the beneficiaries of the best years of Morris’ career and that the risk of letting him walk is minimal. The Cowboys are betting that McCloughan is wrong. We will see.