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Maurice Morris to the Colts? (1 Viewer)

Adrian Peterson

Footballguy
02/11/06 11:58 AM

THE NEWS

The Colts will have some heavy interest to sign free agent running back

Maurice Morris. Saturday's Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have their eye on Morris, who will be a free agent in March and believe he can be a feature back in their system for a discounted price from Edgerrin James, who is expected to leave also.

 

Traders2001

Footballguy
02/11/06 11:58 AM

THE NEWS

The Colts will have some heavy interest to sign free agent running back

Maurice Morris. Saturday's Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have their eye on Morris, who will be a free agent in March and believe he can be a feature back in their system for a discounted price from Edgerrin James, who is expected to leave also.
Dont know what they see in Morris , i think he would push Rhodes but would not beat him for the starting job. He is nothing special , they should go after Chester Taylor.
 

Finatic

Footballguy
02/11/06 11:58 AM

THE NEWS

The Colts will have some heavy interest to sign free agent running back

Maurice Morris. Saturday's Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have their eye on Morris, who will be a free agent in March and believe he can be a feature back in their system for a discounted price from Edgerrin James, who is expected to leave also.
SA owners who have handcuffed MM for the past couple years would be on cloud nine should this take place and Seattle would resign SA.....
 

beto

Footballguy
02/11/06 11:58 AM

THE NEWS

The Colts will have some heavy interest to sign free agent running back

Maurice Morris.  Saturday's Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have their eye on Morris, who will be a free agent in March and believe he can be a feature back in their system for a discounted price from Edgerrin James, who is expected to leave also.
SA owners who have handcuffed MM for the past couple years would be on cloud nine should this take place and Seattle would resign SA.....
I'm not sure there would be a cloud high enough for that kind of lottery win for us long suffering MM owners.
 

BigRed

Footballguy
Dont know what they see in Morris , i think he would push Rhodes but would not beat him for the starting job. He is nothing special , they should go after Chester Taylor.
Don't know what you don't see in Morris-? I haven't seen a ton of him but he's looked pretty good most of the time I have. Not flashy but steady, and well-rounded. Could do worse. Certainly better than Rhodes.PS and however, I'd prefer Taylor too.

 
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Baracuda

Footballguy
Is this for real??? I can't imagine replacing Edge with Morris and being happy about it as a Colt fan. But maybe Morris is better than I'm realizing?

 

Irish

Footballguy
Dont know what they see in Morris , i think he would push Rhodes but would not beat him for the starting job. He is nothing special , they should go after Chester Taylor.
Don't know what you don't see in Morris-? I haven't seen a ton of him but he's looked pretty good most of the time I have. Not flashy but steady, and well-rounded. Could do worse. Certainly better than Rhodes.PS and however, I'd prefer Taylor too.
The reason you havn't seen Morris too much is because the dude is always hurt and can't handle the rigors of being a backup let alone a featured back.
 

Baracuda

Footballguy
The reason you havn't seen Morris too much is because the dude is always hurt and can't handle the rigors of being a backup let alone a featured back.

But if that's really true, then why are the Colts interested? They must know something, right? Or maybe they are desperate?

 

Adrian Peterson

Footballguy
Seems like a decent move considering where they are cap wise and what the RB doe sin their system.

Morris has decent hands as well. He will not be Edgerrin, but he will be a decent back at a cheaper cost!

 

hooptd

Footballguy
Didn't the Colts sign Rhodes to a pretty lucrative contract extension before last years season started? Seems most people assumed he was the heir to Edge and now in just a year, Rhodes is crap.

 

Big Score

Footballguy
Went to www.indystar.com itself and looked for anything on this but couldn't find it. Then used the Indy Star's search function, typed in Maurice Morris and matching "any". Again nothing.

Not saying it isn't true, I just couldn't find any reference to this quote :(

 

BigRed

Footballguy
Didn't the Colts sign Rhodes to a pretty lucrative contract extension before last years season started? Seems most people assumed he was the heir to Edge and now in just a year, Rhodes is crap.
I believe they signed him but pretty cheaply and he's due a $1.5M bonus coming up or some such. Basically w/o EJ we're in serious trouble running wise....

 

Slider

Footballguy
I think Morris would be fine in Seattle behind that line. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if Seattle "tries" (to appease the fans) sign SA but he just wants too much and let Morris have the job.

 

Iceman56751

Footballguy
Went to www.indystar.com itself and looked for anything on this but couldn't find it. Then used the Indy Star's search function, typed in Maurice Morris and matching "any". Again nothing.

Not saying it isn't true, I just couldn't find any reference to this quote :(
I saw the article as well, but the link appears gone. I will look for it as well, I think Chapple wrote it - who is usually reliable. :ph34r:
 

Team Legacy

Footballguy
This is very interesting. Are we buying it?
I could buy the fact that he replaces Dom Rhodes but he's certainly not a replacement for Edge.The sentiment here in Indy is that the coaching staff is somewhat "done" with Rhodes and he could be in a different uni next season.

 

Iceman56751

Footballguy
I do not think the Colts can find a replacement for Edge - but they can try to fill partially the void left when and if he leaves.

The Colts have some spending to be done - and it will not be at the RB spot, so it must find a decent and yet econoical back - Morris fits this mold and he ha slittl emileage on his tires versus some of the older backs.

This could not happen if the Colts nail a back in the draft - but I cannot see one falling to them that far down.

 

djcolts

Footballguy
I think the Colts will sign a less-pricey FA and draft a RB rookie in the early rounds as a tag-team replacement for Edge. In this context, this will make sense.

 

IvanKaramazov

Footballguy
I'm not sure there would be a cloud high enough for that kind of lottery win for us long suffering MM owners.
:goodposting: As a MM owner, I am on the verge of tears just thinking about this. If he get signed by Indy, I may have to go out and buy and automatic rifle so I can fire a few shots into the air in celebration.

 

Baracuda

Footballguy
Why I can't find this story anywhere? Not saying it isn't true, but it'd be pretty big news and I'm just not finding it. I'd like to read the article to see whether the Colts give hints to Morris being more of a replacement for Rhodes or the Edge.

 

UnknownCoach

Footballguy
As long as Rhodes is the primary backup RB for the Colts he has value. Outside of Kansas City or Denver, its the most coveted reserve spot on the market. While James didnt get hurt as often as the average back, odds are that the next guy will.

The thing that entertains me was the mention not long ago that they wanted to bring in a power runner yet seem to gravitate more towards guys like Morris. Whatever. They are just looking for a bargain RB who is smart enough to figure out the signals.

 

ShadowMaster

Footballguy
Why all the Chester Taylor love from Colts fans?

I think Morris is a much better replacement for Edge in the Colts system than C.Taylor would be. Morris is an every down back who can catch. He has always had starter talent, but he is stuck behind Alexander in Seattle.

Chester is more of a big bruiser who does not have the same pass catching skills. I see him more as a 1st and 2nd down back as a starter or a short yardage guy as a specialist. Taylor is probably a better replacement for the Bus than for Edge.

 

Zaphod

Two heads are better than one
Why all the Chester Taylor love from Colts fans?

I think Morris is a much better replacement for Edge in the Colts system than C.Taylor would be. Morris is an every down back who can catch. He has always had starter talent, but he is stuck behind Alexander in Seattle.

Chester is more of a big bruiser who does not have the same pass catching skills. I see him more as a 1st and 2nd down back as a starter or a short yardage guy as a specialist. Taylor is probably a better replacement for the Bus than for Edge.
Not sure which Chester Taylor you are referring to. The guy I watched in BAL was a very good pass catching back who has underrated blocking skills. The main knock on him in his limited action is his inability to stay healthy.I think he would be a great fit for the Colts system, but the simple truth is that he will most likely command a much greater salary than the cap strapped Colts can afford.

 

BigRed

Footballguy
OK that's now allegations on MM and Taylor each that they "can't stay healthy." I really don't know so how about a little clarification? What kind of time have they missed, why was it, etc? I don't want no stinkin Fragile Freddy type.

 

Kleck

Footballguy
02/11/06 11:58 AM

THE NEWS

The Colts will have some heavy interest to sign free agent running back

Maurice Morris.  Saturday's Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have their eye on Morris, who will be a free agent in March and believe he can be a feature back in their system for a discounted price from Edgerrin James, who is expected to leave also.
SA owners who have handcuffed MM for the past couple years would be on cloud nine should this take place and Seattle would resign SA.....
I think it would be a lock that Seattle would use a higher round pick to select a backup RB if this were to happen. Same situation as before, but with a new backup.
 

Kleck

Footballguy
The jury is still out on Morris. We just don't know yet. He hasn't had much of an opportunity to show us what he's got. Until he gets a full load over the stretch of several games its not fair of us to criticize or praise him.

 

CA_7

Footballguy
This makes little or no sense to me.

1. Rhodes is under contract (so Indy can save $$ by going with Rhodes vs Morris)

2. Rhodes and Morris are virtually the same age

3. Rhodes demonstrated he can handle the load his rookie year when Edge when down (Morris is unproven as starter)

What advantage does Morris have over Dominic???

Just like in the TO threads. Maybe Indy is thinking JAX may sign Morris and they are trying to up the cost of acquiring him..

 
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Irish

Footballguy
The jury is still out on Morris. We just don't know yet. He hasn't had much of an opportunity to show us what he's got. Until he gets a full load over the stretch of several games its not fair of us to criticize or praise him.
I think the jury is still out on his abilities, but we already know he is guilty as charged in not being able to stay healthy long enough to showcase his talents. I don't see any team signing Morris and relying on him to be the featured back.
 

djcolts

Footballguy
This makes little or no sense to me.

1. Rhodes is under contract (so Indy can save $$ by going with Rhodes vs Morris)

2. Rhodes and Morris are virtually the same age

3. Rhodes demonstrated he can handle the load his rookie year when Edge when down (Morris is unproven as starter)

What advantage does Morris have over Dominic???

Just like in the TO threads. Maybe Indy is thinking JAX may sign Morris and they are trying to up the cost of acquiring him..
Rhodes has regressed over the last several years.
 

Adrian Peterson

Footballguy
THE NEWS

The hottest running back name on the free agent market might not be Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James, or Jamal Lewis. Seahawks runner Maurice Morris is also set to enter free agency and teams like the Cardinals and Vikings (and of course the Seahawks) are rumored to be interested. "For the head coach in Minnesota, Maurice would be a No. 1 candidate because he's been in the West Coast system," Lions running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery told the St. Paul Pioneer Press at the NFL combine on Saturday. "You can plug him right in, and you can go out there tomorrow and start running plays." Teams cannot comment officially on their interest in players until free agency begins, but Maurice won't command the big money that the other aforementioned marquee runners will. "He's a very underrated ball player," Montgomery added of Morris. "The key factor is, he's not beaten up, and you could get a bona fide player at a bargain price."

Our View

Teams looking for a running back this offseason will have plenty to choose from, so guys like Alexander, Edge, and Jamal, who might be looking for huge contracts, could linger on the market for quite awhile. Conversely, a guy like Morris, who has bided his time as Alexander's backup, isn't in position to ask for an exorbitant signing bonus so a feeding frenzy for his services could break out. The 2002 second-round pick is only 26 years old, has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career, but only has 171 attempts. As Montgomery pointed out, there's a lot of tread left on the tires. Anyone else smell a fantasy sleeper?

 

LHUCKS

Footballguy
The jury is still out on Morris. We just don't know yet. He hasn't had much of an opportunity to show us what he's got. Until he gets a full load over the stretch of several games its not fair of us to criticize or praise him.
:goodposting:
 
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MLBrandow

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THE NEWS

The hottest running back name on the free agent market might not be Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James, or Jamal Lewis. Seahawks runner Maurice Morris is also set to enter free agency and teams like the Cardinals and Vikings (and of course the Seahawks) are rumored to be interested. "For the head coach in Minnesota, Maurice would be a No. 1 candidate because he's been in the West Coast system," Lions running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery told the St. Paul Pioneer Press at the NFL combine on Saturday. "You can plug him right in, and you can go out there tomorrow and start running plays." Teams cannot comment officially on their interest in players until free agency begins, but Maurice won't command the big money that the other aforementioned marquee runners will. "He's a very underrated ball player," Montgomery added of Morris. "The key factor is, he's not beaten up, and you could get a bona fide player at a bargain price."

Our View

Teams looking for a running back this offseason will have plenty to choose from, so guys like Alexander, Edge, and Jamal, who might be looking for huge contracts, could linger on the market for quite awhile. Conversely, a guy like Morris, who has bided his time as Alexander's backup, isn't in position to ask for an exorbitant signing bonus so a feeding frenzy for his services could break out. The 2002 second-round pick is only 26 years old, has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career, but only has 171 attempts. As Montgomery pointed out, there's a lot of tread left on the tires. Anyone else smell a fantasy sleeper?
Only as a starting running back. Find me a running back who was a backup for 4 seasons before becoming a feature who put up great numbers. If he was that good, he'd have been more involved in the offense (Perry, Johnson, Jordan, Davenport, Foster, Bell, etc etc etc etc).This is a good case of "let's not believe everything we hear."

Is he capable of being 1000 yard rusher? Certainly. Is he going to be a fantasy stud? Definitely not.

Just to add, so you don't have to bother pondering that question..

http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235223

If you liked LaMont Jordan, you might like Maurice Morris. I expect them to have similar value. I think Jordan is an average back at best that got a lot of TDs by default since he was the only thing that could ever get in the endzone.

I expect Jordanesque numbers from Morris if he wins a feature back role (hovering around 1000 yards rushing, maybe 4ypc, and maybe 10 TDs), but without the inflated receiving numbers.

 
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MLBrandow

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stephen davis
Morris started 1 game in four years, compared to Davis' 18. They had a pretty good idea what he could do. Also, being 30 pounds heavier helps in adjusting from a backup role to a full season.
 
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wannabee

Footballguy
also, do you remember Mike Westbrook beating davis up in practice? that is how many earned of who this rb from auburn was.

 

oukurt

Footballguy
I'm not sure there would be a cloud high enough for that kind of lottery win for us long suffering MM owners.
:goodposting: As a MM owner, I am on the verge of tears just thinking about this. If he get signed by Indy, I may have to go out and buy and automatic rifle so I can fire a few shots into the air in celebration.
No doubt. I had to go check and see if MM was still stashed away on my dynasty roster.Giddyup!

 

Jon_Moore

Footballguy
Maurice Morris did not take the wonderlic, he simply started at it until it exploded. James on the other hand, scored a 14.

 

softball

Footballguy
The jury is still out on Morris. We just don't know yet. He hasn't had much of an opportunity to show us what he's got. Until he gets a full load over the stretch of several games its not fair of us to criticize or praise him.
:goodposting:
LHUCKS et al.Not that I disagree, but if you have multiple teams rumored to be interested in a guy. And quotes from his position coach AND position coaches from other teams, shouldn't that carry more weight than a posters opinion on these boards??

Seams to me like the experts that coach have a better understanding of who is good than we do. Morris was a 2nd rd pick as well, so he clearly displayed some talent in college.

JMHO. And I hope beyond all hope he ends up as a starter someplace and deepens the RB FF pool!

 

softball

Footballguy
THE NEWS

The hottest running back name on the free agent market might not be Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James, or Jamal Lewis. Seahawks runner Maurice Morris is also set to enter free agency and teams like the Cardinals and Vikings (and of course the Seahawks) are rumored to be interested. "For the head coach in Minnesota, Maurice would be a No. 1 candidate because he's been in the West Coast system," Lions running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery told the St. Paul Pioneer Press at the NFL combine on Saturday. "You can plug him right in, and you can go out there tomorrow and start running plays." Teams cannot comment officially on their interest in players until free agency begins, but Maurice won't command the big money that the other aforementioned marquee runners will. "He's a very underrated ball player," Montgomery added of Morris. "The key factor is, he's not beaten up, and you could get a bona fide player at a bargain price."

Our View

Teams looking for a running back this offseason will have plenty to choose from, so guys like Alexander, Edge, and Jamal, who might be looking for huge contracts, could linger on the market for quite awhile. Conversely, a guy like Morris, who has bided his time as Alexander's backup, isn't in position to ask for an exorbitant signing bonus so a feeding frenzy for his services could break out. The 2002 second-round pick is only 26 years old, has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career, but only has 171 attempts. As Montgomery pointed out, there's a lot of tread left on the tires. Anyone else smell a fantasy sleeper?
Only as a starting running back. Find me a running back who was a backup for 4 seasons before becoming a feature who put up great numbers. If he was that good, he'd have been more involved in the offense (Perry, Johnson, Jordan, Davenport, Foster, Bell, etc etc etc etc).This is a good case of "let's not believe everything we hear."

Is he capable of being 1000 yard rusher? Certainly. Is he going to be a fantasy stud? Definitely not.

Just to add, so you don't have to bother pondering that question..

http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/235223

If you liked LaMont Jordan, you might like Maurice Morris. I expect them to have similar value. I think Jordan is an average back at best that got a lot of TDs by default since he was the only thing that could ever get in the endzone.

I expect Jordanesque numbers from Morris if he wins a feature back role (hovering around 1000 yards rushing, maybe 4ypc, and maybe 10 TDs), but without the inflated receiving numbers.
Tiki Barber. Not a fulltime backup, but a part time player who also returned kicks!LaMont Jordan was a damn fine FF player this year. Not top 5 but top 10 in HP scoring.

What the hell else do you want? From a guy who you could get at the end of RD 2??

 

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