Four years ago my Dad and I were watching the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins play a preseason game.
The nation was tuning in as the #1 and #2 Overall Picks (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III) were squaring off against each other, but it was a different player that caught my Dad's eye.
You see we had just had our annual fantasy football draft, and my Dad had a certain running back for the Washington Redskins. During the draft he had wanted to take a rookie by the name of Alfred Morris, but I'd told him that all of the "experts" were saying that Evan Royster was the guy to have.
Watching Alfred Morris carry the ball 14 times for 107 yards and a touchdown, my Dad was mesmerized. He said that he thought this kid was going to be special. That moment he went to our waiver wire and dropped Royster for Morris. The rest, as they say, is history.
That special kid is now a Dallas Cowboy!
Alfred Morris agrees to 2-year deal with the #Cowboys, per agent @seanstellato of SES.
The former Florida Atlantic star has now swapped out that ugly shade of burgundy for the most beautiful color combo in all the world, blue and silver. This is a great day.
Alfred Morris has been incredibly slept on throughout the last year. Yes he only carried the ball 202 times for 751 yards and 1 touchdown in 2015, but prior to that Alfred Morris had broken 1,000 yards in each of his three NFL seasons.
The statistic that means the most regarding "The Butler" is that he has never, not even once, missed a game in the NFL. He is Mr. Consistent.
This is very valuable to the Dallas Cowboys. They are a team with players at the position by the name of Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. Their recent history includes guys like DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones... they need a consistent ball-carrier for the waning days of December.
There's a Redskin who had a great rookie year in 2012 that I want the Cowboys to consider poaching. His name is Alfred Morris.
If you've been reading Inside The Star then you know that we told you this could happen. Alfred has been an under-the-radar target of ours and we finally locked him down. Get acquainted with the new Dallas Cowboys Running Back with my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin's film review on The Butler.
Before you get the crazy notion that the signing of The Butler is somehow an indication that Running Back is not a need for the Cowboys in the Draft, don't believe that for one second. The Cowboys have shown us over the last few years that Free Agency doesn't dictate their draft board as far as necessities go, but we'll talk more about that later this week.
Today... we celebrate! Alfred Morris is a Dallas Cowboy!
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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