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Morris in Decline, but Dallas Could be Remedy



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    LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins drops back to hand off to running back Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Alfred Morris has all the signs of a declining NFL running back in this day and age of the position's shelf life being no more than a few years on average.

    He's 27 years old, he has more carries than any back in the league over the past four seasons and his yards per carry has also been in decline with each passing year since he shocked the NFL world as a rookie rushing for 1,613 yards as a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic.

    Now, he's getting less than $1 million a year in base salary to tote the rock for the Cowboys, and he could be in for a career rejuvenation.

    It's a pretty widely known thing that the Cowboys have the best offensive line in football, especially in the run-blocking arena. Morris' straight-line running style more closely resembles DeMarco Murray than Darren McFadden, and while Morris isn't the 2014 version of Murray, he should be in line for a really productive year where he could average close to 5 yards per carry again.

    He'll most likely be just a two-down back as his receiving skills are basically zilch, but if the Cowboys can commit to running the ball with him early and often, they might not see many third downs.

    In all, this is a great signing for the Cowboys because of the bargain-basement price for a guy that likely still has a couple of good years left in him.