''It was the best news I'd heard in a long time,'' said Morton, who was at Redskins Park Tuesday. A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Morton wanted a shot at playing running back, something he would not
have gotten behind Curtis Martin in New York. The Jets also used Santana Moss on
punt returns. That left only kickoff returns for Morton.
plans to use him in a variety of ways. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson coached
Morton for three seasons at USC and plans to try him at running back.
It's that opportunity Morton craved. And it's why he and his agent,
Leigh Steinberg, declined a new, and more lucrative, offer by the Jets before
''This is the outcome I wanted,'' Morton said. ''I
wasn't prepared to take anything more. I'd rather take the chance with the
trial. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. No amount of money could
compensate for me being able to reach my dream of playing running back again.
''I was happy with the Jets, but this is a better fit and opportunity
for me here. I have a chance to do punt returns and reunite with my old coach.
When I was with the Jets I practiced kick returns and did nothing else the whole
practice. Nothing is promised here, but I know I'll have the opportunity of
fighting for a spot.''
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