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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.

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

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

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Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

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Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap

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It's been just a week since NFL free agents could begin negotiating with other teams, but it feels like a lifetime for anxious Cowboys fans. Dallas' seemingly passive approach to 2019 free agency has left many disappointed. Still, there are some moves to recap.

As has become their strategy in recent years, the Cowboys have focused on filling up their depth chart and trying to avoid any glaring holes prior to next month's draft. They've re-signed several backups and added at least one likely rotation player.

It's still far too early to judge Dallas' activity. Comparing the 2019 roster to last year will depend heavily on the draft, growth from current players, and other factors. But with the "second wave" of free agency upon us, it's a good time to look at who's come, gone, and stuck around so far.

New Arrivals

  • TE Jason Witten (unretired)
  • TE Codey McElroy (Rams)
  • DT Christian Covington (Texans)

The biggest addition so far this offseason wasn't even a free agent, at least not in the purest sense of the term. Jason Witten's surprising return from retirement helped shore up one of Dallas' biggest needs, though it may not preclude them from drafting a tight end high in April.

Also at tight end, Dallas signed developmental project Codey McElroy. His experience is in baseball and basketball, having played just one year of college football. But at 6'6'" and 255 lbs., and having spent last year working with the Rams, the Cowboys must see something they're intrigued by.

Last week Dallas signed Christian Covington, who had 3.5 sacks for Houston in 2018 playing as a 3-4 defensive end. He should move to DT in the Cowboys' scheme and should be a solid addition to their rotation.

Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap

Former Cowboys WR Cole Beasley, now with the Buffalo Bills. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Departures

  • WR Cole Beasley (Bills)
  • TE Geoff Swaim (Jaguars)
  • DL David Irving (shenanigans)
  • LB Damien Wilson (Chiefs)

Beasley is heading to Buffalo on a four-year, $29 million deal. It appeared the relationship soured between Cole and Dallas over his playing time last year, and clearly the Cowboys didn't fight hard to keep him.

Damien Wilson followed Anthony Hitchens to Kansas City to help round out their linebacker corps. Once it was announced that Dallas was hanging on to Sean Lee in 2019, it was fairly certain that Wilson wouldn't be back.

Also not expected back was TE Geoff Swaim, who signed with Jacksonville. Even before Witten came back, Dallas appeared likely to stick with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz for returning talent and then add an upgrade via free agency or the draft.

While still a free agent, nobody expects David Irving back in Dallas or even the NFL after recent activities. Irving appears focused on a Hollywood career and advocating for medical marijuana use at this point.

Keepers

  • FB Jamize Olawale
  • WR Tavon Austin
  • WR Allen Hurns (team option)
  • OT Cam Fleming
  • G/C Joe Looney (team option)
  • DE DeMarcus Lawrence (franchise tag)
  • DT Daniel Ross (ERFA)
  • LB Justin March-Lillard
  • S Darian Thompson

While Dallas put the franchise tag on prized pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, his return in 2019 is far from settled. Lawrence has previously sworn he wouldn't play under a second franchise tag this year, and last we heard the two sides are far apart on a long-term deal. Could a holdout be on the horizon?

The Cowboys doubled-down on WR depth by re-signing Tavon Austin and exercising their team option on Allen Hurns' contract. Both are able to play out of the slot, meaning we could see more of a rotation approach to replacing Cole Beasley next year.

Dallas also re-signed fullback Jamize Olawale, which was a surprise given his low usage rate last year. Perhaps the change to Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator was behind this one, hoping to take better advantage of Olawale's receiving skills going forward.

Joe Looney and Cam Fleming will also be back as valuable backups on the offensive line. Looney started 16 games last year at center and also helps at guard, while Fleming will be the swing tackle once again for his second season in Dallas.

On defense, Dallas kept Daniel Ross in their DT rotation after solid performance in 2018. Justin March-Lillard return at linebacker, particularly for his value on special teams. And Darian Thompson, a former third-round pick by the Giants, is back as an ongoing developmental player.

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Today we're already seeing a flourish of free agent activity in Dallas. Reports this morning have them meeting with WR Randall Cobb and S Clayton Geathers, and we haven't even had lunch yet.

If this is any indication, next week's recap may have a lot more to discuss.



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