The Saints continue to look at free agent runningbacks with Training Camp now underway as Alfred Morris is flying in to town, per Ian Rapoport. Morris is a two time Pro-Bowler from his time with the Redskins between 2012 and 2015, and he managed to amass 4,713 yards, 29 TDs and a 4.4 yards per carry average in that span.
Following his time in Washington, Morris went to division rival Dallas where he played behind Ezekiel Elliot before landing in San Francisco last year. After starting every game his first four seasons in the league, Morris has only started 6 in the last three.
Free agent RB Alfred Morris is on a plane right now, heading to visit the #Saints, source said. He’s also had two other teams call with interest in signing him. New Orleans is in the market for a RB, and Morris was productive for the #49ers last year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 29, 2019
There’s a bit of tread on the tires for Morris, as he rushed for 265+ carries in the first three years of his career in Washington while also being used as a receiver at times as well. When he had to fill in as a starter for the Cowboys in 2017 he averaged 4.8 yards per carry with 547 yards and a touchdown in five games.
One positive about Morris has been his durability as he’s managed to remain relatively healthy and avoid any major injuries in his seven year NFL career. The 30 year old runningback (turning 31 in December) could likely still contribute in a committee format with the Saints still looking to replace the reps of Mark Ingram. Latavius Murray is the front runner for that role, but with only two definite runningbacks locked into the roster at this point in camp there are opportunities for others to find a way onto the 53 man roster.