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How The Dallas Cowboys Brilliantly Stole Alfred Morris

RJ Ochoa



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If you want to get acquainted with the newest Dallas Cowboys Running Back Alfred Morris then you should really check out our film review on him.

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Alfred is much more than a football player, though. He's a very humble person. Over the next several days you'll likely hear all about his 1991 Maza 626, which he famously purchased for two dollars. Seriously.

Two dollars for a car is a pretty freaking sweet deal, am I right? You couldn't even buy a pair of rollerblades for 200 pennies let alone a fully functional motor vehicle. It's a bargain.

Alfred Morris himself was a bargain for America's Team when he chose them as his new football home on Tuesday.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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.

When you consider that deal given Alfred's career you want to do somersaults. In four seasons Alfred has:

  • 49 career starts (he missed 15 games due to injury).
  • 868 career carries.
  • 3,806 career yards.
  • 20 career touchdowns.

Oh wait, I'm sorry! Those are Doug Martin's career statistics! Silly me. Well it's worth mentioning that Doug himself has put together quite the career in the exact same time span that The Butler has. In fact Doug's efforts were rewarded two weeks ago with a 5-Year contract worth $35.75M with $15M guaranteed.

My apologies. Here are Alfred's career numbers:

  • 64 career starts (he has never missed a game).
  • 1,078 career carries.
  • 4,713 career yards.
  • 29 career touchdowns.

That's right. Alfred Morris is better than Doug Martin in every significant statistic, and his deal is a 2-Year contract with a $3.5M base and a chance to earn up to $5.5M.

Let's look at these numbers next to each other for the full effect, shall we?

Alfred Morris Doug Martin
Total Starts 64 49
Games Missed Due To Injury 0 15
Total Carries 1,078 868
Total Yards 4,713 3,806
Total Touchdowns 29 20
Contract 2-Year, $3.5M base. 5-Year, $7.15M base/year.

Isn't that interesting?

The Dallas Cowboys have slow played their hand in free agency. Many were ready to break the glass and punch the panic button, but as my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin wisely cautioned us... all we needed to do was remain calm.

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Look at how our patience has been rewarded! The Cowboys just signed a running back with higher credentials than Doug Martin for a fraction of the cost. Many will point to Martin's 2015 campaign (1,402 yards and 6 touchdowns... which by the way Alfred Morris topped in his rookie season) as the primary reason for his hefty payday, but that's the exact sort of thing that the Cowboys don't want to be a part of.

This Front Office has brilliantly played this position in Free Agency. Sure, we were all disappointed when Lamar Miller elected to sign with our little brother down in Houston a few weeks ago, but after seeing the contract details surrounding Alfred Morris we should be celebrating.

The Cowboys downright stole Alfred Morris from the NFL, especially the NFC East.

In 16 career games against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles Alfred Morris has:

  • 280 carries.
  • 1,117 yards.
  • 3.99 Yards Per Carry (thanks math!).
  • 5 touchdowns.
  • 11 50+ Yard Games.
  • 8 75+ Yard Games.

This man is a straight up monster inside the most hallowed division in NFL History! And now he's all ours! At an incredible price!

The Dallas Cowboys walked into the 2016 Free Agency Dance dressed to the nines, but they chilled on the wall while all the lame songs came on. Now the good tunes are bumpin' and they are out on the floor bustin' a move all over the place!

It feels good, doesn't it?

How does it feel to see the Cowboys walk away with such a steal? Tell us what you think! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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  • Joshua anderson

    Ty Jerry world,pick up a back in the draft and see yaa McFadden,cause you just don't know which one your gunna get in McFadden year in and year out,and every body is on the bosa train we don't need another wreck it Ralph aka Shawn Lee get our secondary some help, then it's a win know year

  • Joshua anderson

    Welcome to America's team MR Morris,good luck,LETS GO,LETS RUN, GO COWBOYS 2016 IS OUR YEAR BEEN LONG ENOUGH

  • Joshua anderson

    Stay humble Mr Morris

  • Randy Martin

    Even apart from the bargain perspective this is a good signing. I was a bit sour on Morris from a fantasy perspective but in reality he is still young and in part it is related to the scheme and his line. I think he will return to a very productive back and be a great complement to McFadden. I do wonder how this might change our approach to the Draft. It does indicate that Elliot is not a consideration but would they still be looking at one of the many options in the Rd. 3-late 4 range.

  • Zac Fields User

    Even apart from the bargain perspective this is a good signing. I was a bit sour on Morris from a fantasy perspective but in reality he is still young and in part it is related to the scheme and his line. I think he will return to a very productive back and be a great complement to McFadden


    The Redskins let Alfred Morris go because they drafted Matt Jones last year and he performed well enough during the season for them to go all-in on him.

    BUT –and I want everyone to take note of this– Alfred Morris arguably still outperformed Matt Jones in 2015 on the ground. Matt Jones only averaged 3.4 yards per carry on 144 carries. Alfred Morris averaged 3.7 yards per carry. Neither is very good, but Morris got the better production when it comes to rushing the football.

    Where Matt Jones earned his stripes was really in the receiving game, hauling in 19 catches for 304 yards.

    The bottom line is that the Redskins' running game was shoddy last year regardless of who was toting the rock. It was a down year for everyone involved. So when I look at what Alfred Morris has done in his career leading up to 2015, he gives me tremendous hope. I worry that his production has declined every year, but the Redskins' offensive line has also arguably declined every year since Morris got into the league.

    He will be a great addition to the Cowboys' run game — I guarantee it.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

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A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

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Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
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There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

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One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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