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NFL Notes: Draft, Cowboys, Eagles, Patriots, & Titans



  • Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said that discussions with agents for free agent CB Patrick Robinson and RB Alfred Morris are continuing, but they’ve yet to reach agreements with either player. (Todd Archer)
  • Jones added that they’re awaiting the Raiders’ decision regarding whether or not to match their offer for DE Benson Mayowa. (Todd Archer)
  • Regarding Mayowa, Jones said they believe he fits what they want in pass rusher and offers more room to grow. (Todd Archer)


Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman told reporters on Monday that they considered trading RB Ryan Mathews this offseason, but they now consider him a “big part” of their team moving forward.

“We’ll listen to anything,” said Roseman, via Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com. “That’s our job, that we’ll listen to anything, but when we looked at that position going into the offseason, we said that if we had a chance to get value for one of those guys – because we felt like we had three front line guys and then some young players that we wanted to develop – we did that with DeMarco. As we sit here now, (Mathews) is a big part of our team.


Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the Patriots have “zero chance” of getting their first-round pick back after the NFL stripped them of the selection as part of the Deflategate penalties.

“No chance,” Maske’s source said of the possibility. “Zero chance.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft mentioned earlier in the day that he personally wrote a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell over a month ago asking to for the pick to be restored.

I personally wrote a letter to the commissioner responding to his comment that if any new facts came up, he would take them into consideration,” Kraft said. “And I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law. They admitted that publicly. They’ve had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there. We have laid it out pretty straightforward and now it’s up to them to decide.”


Titans GM Jon Robinson reiterated that their No. 1 overall pick is a available for trade at the right price.

“We are not married to the pick,’’ Robinson said, via TitansOnline.com. “I would say we’re open to any options.

Over the weekend, Robinson mentioned that it would likely take a “king’s ransom” for them to trade the pick. However, he says this was taken out of context a little bit.

I would say that statement was taken out of context a little bit,’’ Robinson said. “I think the question was: What would it take to move way back in the draft? And my answer was: “It would take several picks for that to happen, a king’s ransom for lack of a better term.

“The reality is we are open to any option that makes our football team better. If that is picking a player, if that is moving the pick, whatever is the best option for the pick, we’ll do it. It is much like a play-call sheet. There’s a lot of play calls listed on those sheets, and whatever call gives us the best opportunity to move the football or stop them from moving the football, it’s the same approach we’re going to take leading up to the draft.

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