The Dallas Cowboys signed Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris to a two-year, $3.5 million deal earlier this offseason.

Cowboys RB Alfred Morris Signed Two-Year, $3.5M Deal, But Drives Car He Bought For Two Bucks

Morris, 27, was selected by the Redskins in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida Atlantic, and the running back burst onto the pro football scene with 1,613 yards, a 4.8 yards-per-carry average and 13 touchdowns. Because Morris was taken so low four years ago, he wasn’t signed to a lucrative deal like many first-round picks are.

However, he has earned more than $3 million over the course of four seasons in Washington. His newly-inked contract with the Cowboys includes $1.8 million guaranteed.

And yet, Morris still drives a 1991 Mazda 626, which he holds dear because he bought it from his pastor for $2 as a college junior.


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“Yes, I still have my car,” Morris said via Five Points Blue. “I still drive ‘Bentley’ which is what I call my car even though she’s not really a Bentley. It’s always going to be my baby and I’m going to drive it ’til she dies.”

Morris received much publicity for his ride during his days in Washington, and Mazda even refinished it for him. He refused to leave it in D.C., however, and brought it with him to Dallas, although he didn’t make the long trip in it.

“I had it shipped from Washington, D.C. I didn’t get to drive it down because I had to get here so quickly for ‘captain’s workouts’ after I signed with the Cowboys,” Morris said. “They already had over 40 guys who were back for workouts. So I came quickly and was part of that. I had the car shipped and I’m driving it now.”

The veteran RB also claimed he still drives the car because he’s not a “flashy guy” and didn’t grow up with much. He did admit, nonetheless, that the weather could be a determining factor in him getting a new ride, at least temporarily.

“With this weather right now, all the rain storms for the past couple of weeks, I’m like, ‘Man, I don’t want my car to get in an accident!’ So I’m thinking of finding something else temporarily,” Morris said.

He figures to be the No. 2 or 3 back behind Ezekiel Elliott this season, depending on how he performs alongside Darren McFadden in training camp.

Morris’ yards per season and average per carry have decreased each of the past three seasons, culminating with 751 yards and a 3.7 average in 2015.

“The hardest aspect is the protections,” Morris said regarding the key aspect of being a running back, as it relates to his chances of starting for Dallas. “You can run the ball and catch the ball, but if you can’t protect the franchise [Tony Romo], then you’re no good to them. You have to be able to cover every scenario, because if you can’t, you’ll find yourself on the bench real fast.”

PHOTO: ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 27: Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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