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Dallas Cowboys Sign RB Alfred Morris

RJ Ochoa



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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!

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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.

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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.

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

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!

What are your thoughts on Alfred joining the Cowboys? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign RB Alfred Morris" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

  • Jess Haynie

    Wow… I had the exact same experience watching Morris in that preseason game. My fantasy team also benefited!

  • Zac Fields

    This is an outstanding signing, guys. Make no mistake about that.

    Consider who Alfred Morris is. He was a late-round pick who came into the NFL and flourished in the zone blocking scheme that Mike Shanahan ran. That is the same scheme the Cowboys run. Zone runners don't have to be fast or especially agile. They need to be downhill runners with great vision and patience.

    Maybe Morris' best years are behind him, but team him up with Darren McFadden and I think you'll be surprised how good this running game can be with these two old veterans running around.

    Cowboys reinventing the NFL running game, and I love it.

  • RJ Ochoa

    I am so stoked about this. He has NEVER missed a game! I feel like we aren't showing that enough attention, haha.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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