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How The Dallas Cowboys Brilliantly Stole Alfred Morris

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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.

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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 RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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5 Comments
  • 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.

  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields
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    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

    BINGO.

    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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How Cowboys Could Benefit From Randy Gregory’s Suspension

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Randy Gregory is back! His suspension is officially over and he will be able to join the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, California when training camp gets underway less than a week from now.

Speculation has already started as to what this could mean for the Dallas Cowboys defense this season, and shockingly expectations are rather high for a player who hasn't stepped foot on the field in over a year. But, that's not what I want to talk about today. Today I want to focus on Gregory's mess of a contract, because it is rather interesting.

Randy Gregory was signed to a four-year contract after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gregory's rookie deal was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2018 season, but his multiple suspensions have now changed that expiration date.

You see, Gregory has only played in a total of 14 games in his career, 12 as a rookie and two in Year 2. His third year in the NFL was completely wiped out due to his year-long suspension. If you were to add that all up, it equates to just one accured season in the NFL. Remember that, because it could have a huge impact on his contract down the road.

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What all of this means is that the Cowboys can pretty much stretch out Gregory's contract now that they are three years in on the deal and have only gotten one accured season out of the agreement. That basically means they can push his contract back a year, meaning his 2017 salary ($731,813) gets pushed back to 2018, his 2018 salary ($955,217) gets pushed to 2019. That would essentially make him a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) in 2020.

Or does it?

Depending on how the Dallas Cowboys handled paying Randy Gregory during his suspension could actually make him an Exclusive Rights Free Agent (EFA). This is a similar situation in which David Irving found himself in after the 2017 season. The Cowboys placed a second-round tender on him in order to secure his services for another season, albeit at a $2.91 million price tag.

As you can see, the Dallas Cowboys pretty much hold all the cards when it comes to Randy Gregory's contract situation. It's all a little confusing, but that's what makes it such a unique and interesting situation.

Of course, the Cowboys could decide to extend Gregory early if he completely dominates upon his return this season. It's highly doubtful though considering his past suspensions, but still technically a possibility. If it does happen, you can go ahead and ignore everything I've written previously.



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Earl Thomas: Age is Just a Number Part II

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Yesterday, I wrote a piece attempting to assuage the fears that many in Cowboys Nation have about handing a contract extension out to Earl Thomas, who is 29 years old as we enter the 2018 NFL season.

In the comment section, a reader posed a very good question that is the basis for the rest of this article:

Earl Thomas Comparisons at age 29 and Beyond

It's a great question that certainly required some research, but Cowboys fans all across the world should be encouraged by my findings.

Just to refresh, here are the players we looked at as favorable comparisons to Earl Thomas at this point in his career. I searched Pro Football Reference for safeties who had at least three All-Pro First Team selections and at least six Pro Bowl appearances.

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The average age of the players listed at the time when they reached their third All-Pro was 31 years old. I'm removing Deion Sanders and Roger Wehrli from the equation as most of their work was done at cornerback.

Let's look at a chart that outlines what these guys careers looked like at age 29 and beyond to get a better picture. Remember, Earl Thomas already has three All-Pro selections and six Pro Bowls. Many of these guys didn't reach those kind of accolades until their 30s.

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The first thing I noticed as I looked into this question is that only two players had three or more All-Pro First Team selections prior to age 29, like Earl Thomas has. Those players were Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott. Every other player on this list didn't hit their third All-Pro selection until age 29 or later.

Only one player reached his sixth Pro Bowl prior to his age 29 season, that player is Ronnie Lott, who many NFL Analysts consider to be the greatest safety of all-time. Most of the players didn't achieve their third All-Pro selection until their age 29 season or later. Earl Thomas reached his third All-Pro selection at age 25.

Here's a hot take for you: Earl Thomas, when it's all said and done could be considered the greatest safety of all-time.  I'll just leave that there to marinate and if a trade does happen, we'll come back to that.

Back to the chart.

Another thing I want to point out is that none of these players were 100% healthy. Such is the life in the NFL, especially as you get older, but they were available for at least 14 games a majority of their seasons aged 29 or later. Health is an unpredictable animal in the NFL, but the safety position allows for much more longevity than many other positions. And as the chart depicts, it's a position that ages well.

So, as you can see in the chart, players who were highly productive prior to their age 29 season were also highly productive for several seasons after. These players went onto average almost seven more years in the league from their age 29 seasons.

Most players continued to average a healthy amount of interceptions. The player that saw the biggest decline from the early part of his career to the post-29 part of his career was Brian Dawkins. The former Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos safety went from three interceptions per season prior to 29 to 1.9 interceptions per season 29 and after.

When it comes to the safety position, the elite seem to be able to get the most of their bodies and their abilities and can prolong their prime. The position relies as much on intelligence and awareness as it does quickness and athleticism. Earl Thomas has the mental capacity to play the game for many more years and there's been zero evidence to suggest that he is experiencing any physical decline.

At the rate of his career that he's on, Earl Thomas is destined for the Hall of Fame. He's one of the faces of the Legion of Boom defense that propelled the Seattle Seahawks into the elite category of teams in the early part of this decade.

If and when an Earl Thomas trade does occur, don't sweat an extension for Thomas.

Thomas' credentials put him in an elite group of players who played the game for a very long time and there's no reason to believe he won't continue to do so.

The Dallas Cowboys aren't that far off from having a Super Bowl contending defense built in the image of the Seattle Seahawks. Going to get the All-Pro, future Hall of Fame safety is the final piece to the to the Dallas Cowboys completing construction on "Doomsday III." 

Everything else is there for the Dallas Cowboys, now all they have to do is: Go. Get. Earl!



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Noah Brown Takes to Twitter to Call Out ESPN

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ESPN has long been considered "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," and for a long time that title was justified. If you wanted your national sports news, where did you turn to but the cable sports channel to watch that day's episode of SportsCenter. But over the last few years, it's become more and more clear that it's "The Worldwide Leader" in name only.

The ratings are dropping and the network has had to make a lot of business decisions as it relates to much of their on-air talent over the last several years. With their latest under 25 starting 22 -- ahem, troll job -- they seem to have finally come to terms that they are basically First Take.

Noah Brown put it best in his reaction to the ESPN "Insider" voting that led to Saquon Barkley being named to the starting 22 ahead of Ezekiel Elliott. Brown, Elliott's teammate when both were at Ohio State University, came to his defense upon seeing the list.

Noah Brown Takes to Twitter to Call Out ESPNAnd here is the ESPN list:

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43 of our NFL Insiders voted. Here's their best starting roster under the age of 25.

I'm sure there could be debates about different positions on the squad. Personally, quarterback is one where an argument could be made for Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott over DeShaun Watson, but that's for another time.

But to have a rookie, who has never played a down in the NFL ahead of the NFL's league leader in rushing for 2016, Ezekiel Elliott, is laughable.

Ridiculous.

Shameful even.

The fact that they had 43, again I use the quotations, "Insiders" vote on this and Ezekiel Elliott wasn't listed as one of the two running backs just shows you how far they've come as a network.

Let's remember that Ezekiel Elliott has averaged a touchdown a game -- receiving and rushing -- in his 25-game career. No running back has more rushing yards than Elliott does over the last two years, including 2017 league rushing leader, Kareem Hunt. No running back has more rushing touchdowns than Elliott's 22 rushing TDs.

Ezekiel Elliott's yards per carry is a healthy 4.63. Todd Gurley sits at 3.93. No player with more than 1,800 rushing yards over the last two years has a better yards per attempt than Ezekiel Elliott.

I get that you'd vote Todd Gurley in there, but to not have Ezekiel Elliott, arguably the game's best running back on your Under 25 starting 22 just makes you look like Skip Bayless or Stephen A. Smith. Not a sports journalism entity worthy of people throwing money at for "Insider" access.

I won't say that I never or will never watch ESPN, because where else am I gonna go for Monday Night Football, Todd Archer, or the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships? When I'm at my father-in-law's, I'll watch SportsCenter first thing in the morning, because it will be on and you don't change another man's television.

"The Worldwide Leader," however, loses credibility when they promote a list like this that has such a glaring omission.

Perhaps, maybe the goal wasn't to put out an accurate list. Maybe the goal was to get us talking about their list, just like when NFL Network releases their Top 100 players list. Like they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

This troll job from ESPN has certainly gotten them some publicity, or should I say, notoriety.



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