After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Washington Redskins, running back Alfred Morris will be bringing his talents to the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys. Dallas signed the bruising back to a two-year, $3.5 million contract on Tuesday.
Morris, drafted out of Florida Atlantic in 2012, was a sensation his rookie season. The primarily zone-schemed rusher amassed 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns.
But as quarterback Robert Griffin III fizzled, so too did Morris’ production. Last year, the 27-year-old back only rushed for 751 yards and 1 touchdown. Much of that could be attributed to the emergence of rookie running back Matt Jones, who will now be the starting running back as a result of Morris’ departure.
Morris will be headed to a Cowboys team widely regarded as having the best offensive line in the entire league. Joining forces with Darren McFadden, Dallas is hoping the two will form the best rushing duo in football.
McFadden is coming off a successful season in which he tallied 1,089 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, but his injury history makes Morris’ signing a necessary acquisition.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan expressed his admiration for Morris and had this to say on the matter: “He’s got a home. I wish it was outside the division. That’s OK. We made the decision in-house, but it is what it is. He’s a good player. He’s a very good person and he’s had a good career… I hope he does a really good job, except for against us twice a year.”
Between the dominant offensive line, a potent rushing duo and a fully healthy Tony Romo, it’s officially NFC East title or bust for the Dallas Cowboys this season.