WASHINGTON — When the Washington Redskins take the field against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, they will see a familiar face across the field. Alfred Morris, whom the Redskins declined to re-sign in the offseason, will line up for their bitter NFC East rival.
“Honestly, I didn’t know where I would end up at and just kind of tested it,” Morris told 106.7 The Fan’s Brian McNally this week. “The free agency process was very insulting to just say the least. I didn’t like it one bit. I don’t want to do it again.”
To this day, Morris still can’t explain the Redskins’ decision to move on from him, Morris explained to his former Redskins teammate, Santana Moss, Thursday on 106.7 The Fan, but he’s at peace with how things have worked out.
Asked by Moss’ co-host, Craig Hoffman, if he felt, heading into the final year of his contract in 2015, that the organization drafted Matt Jones as his replacement, Morris answered, “I didn’t feel like that in the beginning, honestly.”
“Even when they drafted him. Every year I’ve been there they’ve drafted somebody,” Morris said. “There was [Tim] Hightower, Roy Helu, Evan Royster — when I first got there, they always, that was just what I knew. They were going to draft other backs, but I didn’t think that I was going to be splitting as much time as I did. It was weird in games.”
“I think the Dallas game — we played Dallas at home — I played the first quarter and I didn’t touch the field ever again after that,” he recalled. “I sat on that sideline and hung out with my teammates, you know? But that was after I had kind of got over that hump and was like, ‘I’m good. I’m at peace about it all.’ But yeah, I didn’t know what they were going to do. I thought it was kind of going to be the same thing.
“Of course, I’m always battling for my position. That’s the way I look at it. Like, I’m never the starter when the year goes in; I’m always trying to become the starter. Like I’m always working hard, doing the little things that I did that got me to where I am today. I’m always going to work hard. I’m never going to cut corners, so I was doing the same thing and it was fine.”
“I thought it was going to be the same way it’s always been my previous three years, until after that Miami game,” he said. “The Miami game, I thought was good. I thought it was fine, and after that, that’s when it started going up and down, like my playing time.”
The Redskins opened 2015 against Miami at home, feeding Morris a typical workload of 25 carries, which he turned into 121 yards. He wouldn’t see that many touches again that season, topping out at 23 carries in a Nov. game against the Giants from that point forward. On six separate occasions, Morris’ touches even dipped down into the single digits as Jones’ workload increased.
“They started playing me sometimes, not playing me other times,” Morris said. “And they would get me in, they would take me out. Like I would get a good run or something and they would take me back out. I’m like, ‘Let me keep going! Let me warm up. I’m just getting warm!’
“So it was kind of tough, but I had no idea what this is. I still don’t know why, the way it played out, it played out that way. I have no clue. Even now, I still don’t care to find out because everything happens for a reason. I am where I am for a reason and God is in control at the end of the day. Like I said, I’m still at peace. I mean, I had no idea what was going to happen, but what happened happened and I’m okay with that.”
Check out the full interview below.