Running back Alfred Morris has spurned the Washington Redskins to sign with NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys. Morris signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys and is expected to be the backup for Darren McFadden.
The Cowboys announced the signing on their official website but the terms of the deal have not been disclosed. However, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted that the two-year deal is worth $3.5 million. Alfred Morris could also earn up to $5.5 million possibly on bonuses.
The 27-year-old RB spent his first four years in the NFL with the Redskins since being drafted in the sixth round in 2012. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his four seasons.
However, many critics and analysts have pointed out that his production is declining. Last season, he recorded a career-low 751 yards and one touchdown. But Morris remained optimistic about his desire to stay in the NFL and was awarded a contract in Dallas.
“When I first came into the league, no matter what team I went to, I just wanted to do my whole career with the same teamThat’s still my goal. I would love to return, but a lot goes into that. I haven’t thought about that. You all keep bringing it up, but we’ll see what happens,” Morris told ESPN during his free agency.
He has also not missed a single game in his four-year career which is a good sign for the Cowboys. On the other hand, the Redskins organization has only good words to say to Alfred Morris despite signing with a rival team.
“You know what, good for him. He’s got a home. I wish it was outside the division but that’s ok. We made a decision in-house, and it is what it is. He’s a good football player, he’s a really good person,” Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said via the Washington Post.
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