Alfred Morris, Running Back
Former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris was the lone shining star in a lackluster free agency haul for the Cowboys last offseason. The addition of the two-time Pro Bowler gave Dallas a solid one-two punch alongside Darren McFadden at the running back position.
Then the Cowboys drafted Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft…and everything changed. Elliott instantly became the starter in Dallas, leading the league in rushing with 1,631 yards on a whopping 322 carries.
Although Morris shined early as a solid number two behind Elliott, it became clear that the 28-year old veteran needed more carries to truly be effective. Alfred finished the season with 243 rushing yards and two scores on 69 attempts.
With McFadden signing a one-year deal in March, it’s clear his place in Dallas is secure barring injury. The same could not be said for Morris, whom by all accounts is a terrific teammate and a wonderful person. Due to his history in Washington and affordable contract, Alfred makes sense as a viable trade option for a running back needy squad.
As for the Cowboys, they’d likely prefer to groom another young running back behind Elliott instead of carrying two aging veterans in both Morris and McFadden on their 53-man roster.