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Cowboys RB Alfred Morris Drops Agent, Joins CSE Talent; What’s Next?

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Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris has just changed agents. Could this be the beginning of other changes for Morris, who has been involved in trade rumors over the last few months?

As shared to me by a representative from CSE Talent, Alfred Morris has signed with Michael and Jason Katz to take over his representation and marketing.  Here is a photograph of Morris and his new agent with the freshly signed contract.

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Cowboys RB Alfred Morris and Michael Katz of CSE Talent.

Often, athletes changing agents comes with wanting to make an important move in their careers. Sometimes it's about negotiating a new contract with their current team, but it could also be trying to facilitate a trade.

CSE Talent also represents Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton and Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones. Their client list extends beyond the NFL and includes NBA coaches Tyronn Lue and Doc Rivers, "Inside the NBA" studio host Ernie Johnson, and lead baseball commentator John Smoltz, among others.

Could this representation change help Alfred Morris find a better role with either the Cowboys or a new team?

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RB Alfred Morris

It's been two months since the rumor started that Dallas was trying to trade Alfred Morris. This past weekend I considered what Morris' prospects are for remaining a Cowboy; where he could fit into the team's plans for 2017 with Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden ahead of him on the depth chart.

As I said two months ago, the announcement that Morris was on the trade block was almost self-defeating. Much like we experienced recently with Tony Romo, teams aren't going to throw you trade compensation if they think they can sign a player in free agency after you've released him.

It was just a few years ago that Alfred Morris had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for Washington. He's 28-years-old and has been remarkably durable.  Morris started every game during his four years in Washington and was healthy all of last year for Dallas. Even if his value for the Cowboys has diminished, Alfred may still be useful to a team with a hole at running back.

There is plenty of offseason left. Rookie camps are underway and mini-camps and OTAs are still to come. We still have the June 1st date to look forward to. Even if nothing changes in these upcoming weeks, plenty of things can happen during training camps and preseason that might change things for Alfred Morris, be it in Dallas or elsewhere.



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  1. Randy Martin

    May 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Given what Morris did last year I don’t see any way he makes this roster. McFadden is better than him at this point and they need the quick and shifty Dunbar type and try are not him. And for that matter neither is Jahad Thomas. He can catch the ball but he doesn’t have those moves.

  2. TD4SPORTS

    May 11, 2017 at 12:08 am

    When you are a proven 1,000 yard rusher and stay healthy you should be given every chance to play. He should be the backup for the tough pounding yardage to wear down the defense because McFadden has 1 1,000 yard season and then hurt last year. Jerry is just loyal to his Arkansas players and never really gave Morris a chance so I hope he is released or traded so he gets a chance if we are not going to give him one.

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Cowboys Sign WR Devin Smith, Former 2nd-Round Pick

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The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed Receiver Devin Smith, previously with the New York Jets, to a futures contract. Smith was a 2nd-round pick, 37th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before going pro, Devin was a college teammate of current Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Noah Brown. They were all members of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship.

Smith's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeting the following earlier today:

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Congrats to WR Devin Smith @dsmithosu for signing with the #DallasCowboys! Welcome back. https://t.co/hCMYoE8fEh

Thus far, Smith's NFL career has been marred by injuries. He has suffered two ACL tears in the same knee and only been able to appear in 14 games. He was waived by the Jets last summer and was not with any team last season.

Overall, the 2015 class of receivers has been disappointing. Amari Cooper has been a star and other later-round picks like Tyler Lockett, Stefon Diggs, and Jamison Crowder have been good. But the other big names of the class, such as Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker, have not lived up to the hype.

The Cowboys are known for trying to reclaim players who once had high draft status and bad starts to their careers. They are clearly hoping to cash in on Smith's previously perceived potential, which had him projected as a possible first-round talent at one time.

For both Devin and Dallas' sake, we hope it's a success!



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DeMarcus Lawrence Named Top Free Agent Of The 2019 Class

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Much has been made about the Dallas Cowboys 2019 free agent class. Dallas has a ton of cap space moving forward, but they are going to "have" to pay many of the key players on their roster over the next two offseasons in order to keep their young core together.

Of course, when you're drafting, that's the goal. To draft so well that when your own players become free agents, you go ahead and pay them to keep them around, rather than overpay on the free agent market for external players.

One of the major pieces the Cowboys will have to retain this offseason is defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. And while Cowboys Nation often thinks of Lawrence as underrated around the league, the NFL has caught onto his importance as he enters free agency this Spring.

ESPN.com ranked their top 10 free agents for 2019, with DeMarcus Lawrence clocking in at number one, over elite players like Jadeveon Clowney and Le'Veon Bell.

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ESPN's top 10 free agents for 2019 and what Le'Veon Bell should be looking to command based on previous measures. https://t.co/aJ7H1n001t

DeMarcus Lawrence is going to command big time money, likely even Khalil Mack-type money. But the fact of the matter is that he has earned it. Lawrence has been the heart and soul of the Cowboys defensive line the last two seasons, and the most consistent edge player on the team as well.

Not only has he been an effective pass rusher, but DeMarcus Lawrence also plays with a relentless motor against the run that can sometimes be rare to find in those premier pass rushers. He really is a jack of all trades at defensive end, and should be priority number one for the Cowboys this offseason.

Thankfully, I can't imagine the Cowboys not retaining DeMarcus Lawrence and extending him in the coming months.



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When it Mattered Most, Cowboys Offensive Line Protected Dak Prescott

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All-22 Notes: Connor Williams Stands Out in Wild Card Win

Throughout the 2018 NFL season, one of the major story lines surrounding the Dallas Cowboys was how frequently Dak Prescott was taking sacks. It's an area that the Cowboys will have to look at in the offseason to better protect their franchise quarterback moving forward. In the playoffs, however, Dak Prescott and the offensive line were much better at keeping their prized possession upright than they were in the regular season.

In the regular season, Dak Prescott was sacked 56 times for an average of 3.5 times a game. There was only one game where he wasn't sacked at all, way back in week two against the New York Giants. Four times this season, the Cowboys' quarterback was sacked five or more times. The New Orleans Saints got him for a season high seven times.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dak was "kept clean" -- not pressured -- on 63% of his drop backs during the regular season, which ranked 25th in the NFL. When kept clean, Prescott completed 74.1% of his passes, which was good for 5th in the NFL during the regular season. He was under pressure 37% of the time, which was the sixth highest rate in the NFL and his completion percentage dropped to 52.6%, still good for 10th in the NFL. It was better than Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Baker Mayfield.

During the playoffs, Prescott's "kept clean" percentage rose from 63% to 68% and he was only sacked once in each game. The one sack against the Los Angeles Rams probably shouldn't have been called a sack as the referee blew the whistle because Prescott was "in the grasp"...

...of his offensive lineman.

During the playoffs, the Cowboys offensive line kept the pressure off of Prescott at a better rate, allowing him to be pressured on only 31.9% of his drop backs. Meaning he was kept clean at an improved rate from the regular season at 68.1% of his drop backs. This while playing against two teams that are really good at rushing the passer. The Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks both finished in the top half of the league in sacks this season and feature players like Aaron Donald, Jarran Reed, and Frank Clark who all had double-digit sacks.

As we know, pressure rates and sacks aren't all completely on the offensive line. The quarterback, wide receivers, and the play calling all factor in, but the Cowboys are trending in the right direction with their pass protection. A full offseason for Connor Williams in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program, better health for Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and -- fingers crossed -- Travis Frederick, should all help the offensive line play at a higher level heading into the 2019 season.

It can't be overstated how important it will be to get Travis Frederick back into the fold this season. Joe Looney was good, and that might be overstating it a bit. He was not noticeable on most plays during the season, but getting your All-Pro center back will tremendously help the offense in every facet of the game. Frederick's one of the smarter players in the NFL, who helps everyone on the offense to see the blitzes and calls out the protections. Both his mental and physical ability will be a welcomed site when the Cowboys begin practicing in the offseason.

With another year of growth for the quarterback and for the young pieces along the offensive line, and with a full offseason for Dak Prescott to grow with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Blake Jarwin, the Cowboys should be better next season at keeping the quarterback clean.



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