Redskins President Bruce Allen suggested that Morris won't be offered a new contract before the free agency period begins, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "He's been incredibly productive for us," Allen said. "Free agency is going to be a great test for him. If he gets a great contract [elsewhere], we're going to applaud him. If not, we're going to see what happens with us." Morris likely wants to test the open market, but his declining production and lack of receiving skills may ultimately lead to disappointment. While a return to Washington can't entirely be ruled out, it seems that the team is comfortable moving forward with a running back group led by Matt Jones and pass-catching specialist Chris Thompson.
Morris carried the ball 11 times for 50 yards in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. Morris burst up field for a 19-yard run during the first drive of the second half, helping set up a Kirk Cousins touchdown run. That dynamic was common all season, as the quarterback rushed for more touchdowns than the running back, five to one. Morris was a common pick early in fantasy drafts this season, but delivered the worst season of his career with 806 total yards - just 12 more than rookie Matt Jones. Morris has seen a decrease in yardage in each of his past three season and, with the emergence of Jones, is no guarantee to return to Washington next season.
Morris closed out the regular season on a high note Sunday in Dallas, rushing for 100 yards on 19 carries while going without a target in the passing game. The one-dimensional running back finishes 2015 with just 10 catches for 55 yards, but his second 100-yard rushing game of the season allowed Morris to top 800 yards from scrimmage for the fourth straight year. Morris averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per carry this season, but that number increased to 4.7 on his 50 carries over the last three weeks as the fourth-year running back finally managed to gain some momentum.
Morris' coach, Jay Gruden, acknowledged that he could choose to rest some key players in Week 17 against the Cowboys, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Gruden didn't specifically discuss any players besides Kirk Cousins, but the obvious candidates are Morris, Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, in addition to a number of defensive players and a couple of offensive linemen. Even with Matt Jones (hip) sidelined, Morris managed just 49 yards on 17 carries, with no touchdowns or receptions, in Saturday's 38-24 win over the Eagles.
Morris rushed 17 times for 49 yards in Saturday's win over the Eagles. Morris carried the load with Matt Jones (hip) out. Even with the additional work he struggled to make anything of the opportunity. He split snaps with Pierre Thomas and Chris Thompson.
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