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Should Dallas Re-sign Alfred Morris After The Season?

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Should Dallas Re-sign Alfred Morris After The Season?

Make no mistake, these next two games against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders are big for the Dallas Cowboys. These games are pretty much must wins in order to keep their playoff hopes alive, but the outcome of these two contests might depend on the production of one particular player… Alfred Morris.

Alfred Morris is coming off his best game as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Last Thursday against his former team the Washington Redskins, Morris rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries. He probably couldn't have picked a better time to have a breakout game, especially considering how much the Cowboys offense has been struggling here recently.

We all know that the Cowboys offense revolves around the running game and that without Ezekiel Elliott they have looked lost. But thankfully, Alfred Morris has proven he is more than capable of handling the workload until Elliott can return against the Seattle Seahawks on December 24, Week 16.

Once Elliott returns, he will likely take over as the bell cow running back for the Cowboys. So, nothing is guaranteed for Alfred Morris after these next two games and his future with the team could be over as well. But, should Dallas consider re-signing #46 after the season?

RB Alfred MorrisIt's still really early to get into which of their free agents the Dallas Cowboys may or may not want to re-sign, but the depth behind Ezekiel Elliott at the running back position is pretty thin after this season.

Rod Smith is returning in 2018, but I'm not sure if the Dallas Cowboys will feel comfortable enough using him as Elliott's primary backup. He hasn't exactly proven he is capable of handing those responsibilities yet, although he has continued to improve during his time in Dallas.

Alfred Morris of course has proven that he is capable of stepping in and producing without Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup. But, Morris isn't without his limitations. He isn't the best pass protector and is limited in what he can do in the receiving game. This could lead the Cowboys to turn to the draft to find a younger/cheaper option.

The running back position in the 2018 NFL Draft looks to be deep at the RB position, which doesn't exactly bode well for Morris' chances to be re-signed by the Cowboys. In fact, I have a hard time seeing back in Dallas at all.

You see, Morris would cost more than any rookie RB the Cowboys bring in, even on a vet minimum contract. Unfortunately, money speaks in the NFL.

The only way I see Alfred Morris receiving a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys is if they fail to add a rookie through the draft capable of backing up Elliot in 2018. Morris would likely become an option then if he is still available on the open market. But, that also depends on who else is available.

So, we could possibly be seeing the last of Alfred Morris in a Dallas Cowboys uniform. That means these next two games could be the only time we see him on the field. We might want to appreciate him while he is still here, because I have a hard time seeing him back in Dallas after the season.

Should Dallas re-sign Alfred Morris after the season?



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  1. ardvaark1965

    December 4, 2017 at 8:47 am

    That’s BS!

  2. Randy Martin

    December 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I also believe this draft is deep at RB and I am hoping we find our #2 guy in this draft. That being said, I worry a bit about Zeke and can only hope that he now has the maturity and wisdom to stay away from any situation that might compromise his future. So, I feel the need to ensure we take a guy with the potential to be a #1. Bryce Love comes to mind. The news was quiet on him early in the season but as he has continued it has gotten to the point that his name was mentioned in Heisman convo. Of course that will go to Mayfield. There are some other guys on my list but if we could get Love in round 3 that would be great!

  3. EverybodyTalks

    December 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I want the money for Morris to go to signing Hitchens over Alfred. We have Irving, D-Law and Zack as priority signings with Hitch at #4. I hope we can fit Anthony in. I’m an Iowa Cowboy fan.I still want to get an ILB in the 1st three rounds. If they franchise D-Law t and Randy Gregory comes back clean, then DE becomes less of a question mark in the draft. I’d like to see a shutdown corner in the 1st, like Joshua Jackson (oh yeah, Iowa Hawkeye), otherwise grab Roguam Smith ILB. I wonder, after NFL teams have seen Alfred in these last few games, if we might be able to get a late draft pick for him. (Wishful thinking). I think they use the draft for a RB (3rd or 4th). We may have two 3rd round picks and a couple of 4th round picks with the compensatory picks so it is feasible. I look at Atlanta and New Orleans. They both have a 2 prong RB attack. Why not Dallas?

  4. fgoodwin

    December 11, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I don’t trust Zeke to stay out of trouble.

    If he get’s in trouble with the law, I could see the NFL leveling another suspension, in which case having Morris to step-in would come in very handy.

    As to whether or not we can afford him, I’ll leave that up to others to answer.

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Should Cowboys Address TE Need Via Free Agency?

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Should Cowboys Address TE Need Via Free Agency?

A season after Jason Witten's retirement, the Dallas Cowboys still have a need at tight end. Replacing a future Hall of Famer is no easy feat so it's only logical that it would take longer than a season to feel good about who's in at tight end.

The Cowboys currently have two tight ends who could be pretty serviceable going forward. Fourth round pick Dalton Schultz did a very solid job as the team's TE2, specially toward the second half of the season. He turned into a pretty good run blocker and despite only racking up 116 yards in 12 catches, he's a guy the Cowboys' offense could use even more in the future.

Also on the team is Blake Jarwin, who functioned as the Cowboys' main tight end for most of 2018. His performance against the New York Giants in week 17 made us wonder whether or not he could be an important target on the Cowboys' offense.

These two could very well have more in them than what we've seen. With a new offensive coordinator in town, tight end is a position the Cowboys could start using way more. As Bobby Belt pointed out on Twitter a few weeks ago, Scott Linehan's offense doesn't benefit tight ends very much. Before we give a verdict on what Schultz and Jarwin can do, I'd like to see them work with Kellen Moore's offense.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

One thing you consistently see when Scott Linehan takes over an offense is a drop in the starting tight end's production. Randy McMichael, Byron Chamberlain, and Jason Witten all saw drops in yards per catch, receptions per game, and yards per game once Linehan took over.

Here's the thing. If the Cowboys are not taking a tight end in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, are they really upgrading what they already have? I'm not sure we'll be convinced about that if they draft a player for the position until the third or fourth round. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not advocating for the Cowboys drafting a TE in the second round, because I believe there are more pressing needs on the team. However, signing a veteran free agent might be the better option for upgrading the position.

Should a veteran TE be an option?

This year, there are quite a few interesting names in the tight end market. Veterans such as Jared Cook, Tyler Eifert and even Antonio Gates will be looking for a new team pretty soon. I know, that would be "getting older." But it could also mean getting better. Building a solid TE committee with a veteran leading Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz could be the way to go for this football team.

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TE Tyler Eifert (Aaron Doster / USA TODAY Sports)

Eifert is a great tight end... when he's on the field. Durability is his biggest weakness, as he hasn't played more than 10 games since 2016. The Cowboys could take a risk on him and constantly rotate him with Jarwin and Schultz. It may be a huge risk, but it could pay off big time. If the price is right, Eifert should be targeted by the front office.

The 2018 Oakland Raiders had a season to forget, winning only four games. Even still, Jared Cook's season was impressive. He finished the year with 896 yards and multiple 100-yard games. The biggest issue with Cook is his age. He turns 32 in April. But hey, he's literally coming off from a career year.

Jesse James is a younger guy who could also be worth it. He's not an a potent receiver, but he gets it done in the passing game and is one hell of a blocker. James could be a legit, cheaper option for the Cowboys in free agency.

There are a lot of names out there the front office could look at. Charles Clay was just released by the Buffalo Bills and Nick Boyle will be looking for new job after new arrivals pushed him out of the Baltimore Ravens' roster just to mention a few names.

We'll see what the front office's plans are soon enough, but right now, I'd say tight end is a need the Dallas Cowboys should at least try to address in free agency instead of the NFL Draft.

Tell me what you think about "Should Cowboys Address TE Need Via Free Agency?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Cornerback

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Byron Jones

Unlike other positions on their roster, cornerback appears ready to off the Dallas Cowboys stability in 2019. However, that doesn't mean the team can just ignore it this offseason. There are still a few decisions to be made.

Thanks to a shrewd move in April of last year, Dallas will be enjoying Byron Jones' services at a bargain. They picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract and will be paying him just $6.3 million next season.

That's a steal for a Pro Bowl corner, who generally make more than double that amount in a single year. But the Cowboys are still left the decision of whether or not to give Jones a long-term deal now or wait until he hits free agency in 2020.

It's easy to say that they should enjoy the discount and worry about it next year. But then you risk a second Pro Bowl trip and the lure of the open market. Byron's asking price could only go up.

Of course, Dallas could then also have the option of using the franchise tag.

Keep in mind that Jones will turn 27 this September. Dallas could decide that it makes sense to play through the rookie deal this year, franchise him in 2020, and then reassess when he's about to turn 29 years old.

If they give Byron a long-term deal now then they'll have to pay him like one of the top corners in football. It may be wise to wait.

Chidobe Awuzie, Giants

Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie

Another decision facing the Cowboys is if they think they can improve at the second starting position. It was an up-and-down year for Chidobe Awuzie, but he was playing his best toward the end of the season. Dallas could hope that a second year with Kris Richard's coaching, and just more general growth for a third-year player, will elevate Awuzie's game.

However, with plenty of cap space to work with, Dallas could pursue a solid veteran option and then allow Awuzie to play the nickel role. It would not only perhaps improve the CB2 position but also bolster depth overall.

Speaking of depth, Anthony Brown returns for the final year of his rookie deal. While never spectacular, Brown has been a gem as a former sixth-round pick with 29 career starts. He brings exceptional value and may even compete with Awuzie for the starting job.

While arguably the team's best young corner in 2017, Jourdan Lewis comes into this season with a lot of uncertainty. He fell out of favor last season, perhaps for not fitting the physical style that Richard likes. But he did manage to snag the game-clinching interception in Dallas' upset win over the New Orleans Saints.

If a scheme mismatch is the issue, the Cowboys could look to trade Lewis this offseason. He still has two years left on his rookie deal and was considered a first-round prospect by some in 2017. A cornerback-needy club might have more use for him than Dallas seems to.

If they did move Jourdan, the Cowboys might turn to Donovan Olumba to fill out the depth chart. He was one of their surprising performers in last year's training camp and spent the year on the practice squad. At 6'2", he has the size that the team seems to be looking for now in its corners.

More than likely, Dallas will ride with this group in 2019 with no big changes. I do think a Lewis trade is possible, especially with the Cowboys short on draft picks this year. But don't expect any major cap space or draft capital to go at one of the team's more solid positions.

With all the other work Dallas needs done this offseason, a little stability at cornerback is a luxury.



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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Center

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Even with Dez Bryant's release and Jason Witten's retirement, the loss of Travis Frederick last season may have been the most damaging to the Dallas Cowboys. The team looks forward to getting their All-Pro center back in 2019 while also having a reliable backup still under contract.

Just within the last few weeks, Frederick has provided encouraging updates on his status for next year. It looks like he'll be able to participate in all offseason activities, but the Cowboys would settle for Week One. There appears to be plenty of cushion for that to happen.

Travis' absence in 2018 was seen in various ways. Dak Prescott was sacked 56 times, second-most in all the league, after just 32 and 25 times the previous two seasons. Part of that is missing Frederick's blocking ability, but also the way he would assist with reading the defense and making pre-snap adjustments.

Dallas would've loved having Frederick out there to help Guard Connor Williams, who worked with Travis throughout the offseason only to lose him in late August. It was not an easy way for the rookie to start his career.

We also saw issues in the run game. Even while Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL in rushing, short-yardage situations weren't as easy as they used to be. The Rams were able to neutralize the Cowboys' rushing attack in Dallas' playoff loss, something that Frederick might have helped overcome.

Joe Looney

Dallas Cowboys G/C Joe Looney

This isn't saying that Joe Looney did a bad job. On the contrary, Looney was more than adequate and helped keep Dallas from suffering far greater damage without Frederick.

After Joe's work in 2018, Dallas won't blink at keeping him on the $1 million salary he's due next year. It's a bargain for a backup of his quality, and especially given his versatility as an option at guard as well.

Not only are Frederick and Looney locked in for 2019, but Dallas also still has backup Adam Redmond under contract through next season. He was added after final cuts last year to be Looney's backup and should return to at least help the team through July and August.

With these guys already in place, there's no reason to think that Dallas will give much attention to the center position during the offseason.

At most, a mid-round draft pick might be used on a player who could potentially replace Looney in 2020 as the backup. Joe's contract ends next season, and he could be competitive for starting jobs with other teams at that point.

With lots of other concerns throughout the roster, Dallas is fortunate to have so much security at center. All signs are positive on Travis Frederick's return, and that is a huge boost to the team as it looks to push forward from last year's playoff run.



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