Former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris has reportedly found a new home for the foreseeable future.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday morning that Morris' agent, Sean Stellato, revealed Morris and the Dallas Cowboys had agreed to a two-year contract.
It seemed all along Morris wouldn't re-sign with the Redskins. He thanked them on Instagram on March 6 ahead of free agency:
Man the last 4 years have flown by. I've met a lot of great people, made a lot of great memories, and was given countless opportunities to live my dream and better myself and my family. With the unknown getting closer I just wanted to take a second and thank the entire @Redskins organization for an amazing four years. From Mr. Dan Snyder to Mrs. B.J Blanchard who works the front desk and always greets everyone with a smile. No matter what happens I will always be apart of #RedskinsNation and a special thanks to all the fans and their abundance of love, support, and loyalty y'all make this game what is #HTTR
On Feb. 24, Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan noted that head coach Jay Gruden wouldn't commit to re-signing the 27-year-old rusher and acknowledged they might not come to terms. "I'm not gonna say he's a long shot," Gruden said.
Washington selected Morris in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He's far exceeded the expected value of a late-round pick, serving as the team's top running back for the past four seasons. His best season came as a rookie, when he rushed for more than 1,600 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.
The Florida Atlantic product's impact steadily declined over the three years that followed, though. He gained just 751 yards and found the end zone only once during the 2015 campaign. His 3.7 yards per carry also represented a career low.
Anthony Gulizia of the Washington Times noted that Gruden spoke positively of Morris despite those fading numbers, though:
Gruden: "Not one negative thing I can say about Alfred Morris." Protects ball, durable. Invaluable assets for running back.— Anthony Gulizia (@AnthonyGulizia) February 24, 2016
That said, going in a new direction is the right move for the Redskins.
They have Matt Jones and Chris Thompson, an exclusive-rights free agent, as potential replacements already on the roster. The front office could also find cheaper depth options through free agency or the draft.
Morris is certainly reliable, as Gruden suggested, but he's not a dynamic offensive threat. The money Washington will save by not giving him an extension can be used elsewhere, whether it's re-signing quarterback Kirk Cousins or upgrading the roster in other areas.