Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan and Jay Gruden said they want to find a way to re-sign running back Alfred Morris, whose contract expires at the end of the 2015 season.
Since his selection in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Alfred Morris has been one of the most durable and productive running backs in the league.
So as he enters his fourth NFL season in 2015 – the final year of his rookie contract – the Washington Redskins and their front office want to find a way to keep Morris wearing the burgundy and gold for quite some time.
Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said Sunday that the two sides are "talking" about a potential deal, but doesn't see anything coming to fruition in the immediate future.
"We'd love to have him be a Redskin for the rest of his life, his career," McCloughan said. "But, you know, things go on, and it takes some time. The whole organization respects Alfred very much."
For his part, Morris – a Florida Atlantic product – said he's not bothered at all by the fact he's entering the season without a new contract.
"I've got a job to do," Morris said. "I'm a running back. So I come, run the ball, catch the ball, block, and whatever they ask me to do without even thinking about next year."
Typically reserved in his comments to the media, Morris said he's "kind of dreading" the contract-related questions that assuredly will come his way the further he gets into the season.
"It is what it is, and I'm going to keep doing what I did every year," he said. "My first, second, and third year is the same way I'm going to approach this fourth year."
One thing's for sure: Morris certainly isn't reserved once he steps out onto the playing field.
A model of durability and consistency for the Redskins, the two-time Pro Bowler enters the 2015 season with the second-longest active streak of consecutive games started by a running back (48). Last year, he joined Stephen Davis as the only players in team history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
When looking at the big picture, Morris' 3,962 career rushing yards were the 13th most by any NFL player in his first three NFL seasons.
When you're listed in the same company as Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, LaDainian Tomlinson, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith, you know you're doing something right.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden – who said he anticipates "Alfred being here for a while" – said the numbers are great, but Morris' approach to the game is even better.
"He doesn't say a peep," Gruden said Sunday. "He just comes to work every day and you love to have guys like that. At the running back position, that's pretty rare for a running back not to complain about getting the ball – sometimes he probably should. Overall, man, I just love what Alfred is all about both on and off the field. I'm very happy to have him."
That persona has also worn off on McCloughan, who is in his first year overseeing the Redskins' roster.
"I think we are very lucky to have a guy like Alfred Morris – not just a player on the field, but the person he is in the building," McCloughan said. "He's one of those guys that every day has got a smile on his face, goes out there and works his tail off and no matter what produces."