2020 Offseason Team Needs: NFC East

     

Cowboys

Projected Cap Space: $77,297,123

Draft Picks: 7, including one compensatory pick per Over The Cap’s projections.

  • 1st (No. 17)
  • 2nd (No. 51)
  • 3rd (No. 82)
  • 4th (No. 113)
  • 5th (No. 147)
  • 5th (Comp)
  • 7th (No. 209)

Notable Free Agents:

Team Needs:

  1. Cornerback

Dallas is unlikely to have the cap space or ability to keep CB Byron Jones from reaching the open market, where he has a shot to cash in as one of the NFL’s highest-paid corners. The Cowboys have some younger options in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis they’ve been developing but they need another high-level, starting corner to fill the void Jones will leave when he walks. 

  1. Safety

Safety has been a need for the Cowboys for some time now, and with starting S Jeff Heath slated for free agency, Dallas likely won’t wait much longer to address it. With Jones gone, the Cowboys could also use a dash of playmaking on the back end of their defense, which happens to be something highly valued by new HC Mike McCarthy

  1. Defensive End

There have been rumblings that the Cowboys will push to re-sign DE Robert Quinn, who came to Dallas last offseason in a trade from the Dolphins. However, until the Cowboys lock down Prescott and Cooper it’s unclear how much cap they’ll have for other needs. With Quinn and DE Michael Bennett slated for free agency, finding another impact edge rusher across from DE DeMarcus Lawrence should be on the Cowboys’ offseason shopping list. 

Eagles

Projected Cap Space: $45,395,800

Draft Picks: 10, including three compensatory picks according to Over the Cap’s projections.

  • 1st (No. 21)
  • 2nd (No. 53)
  • 3rd (No. 85)
  • 3rd (Comp)
  • 4th (No. 117)
  • 4th (Comp)
  • 4th (Comp)
  • 5th (No. 149)
  • 5th (No. 151, from NE)
  • 6th (No. 171, from ATL)

Notable Free Agents:

Team Needs:

  1. Wide Receiver

The Eagles’ preseason Super Bowl expectations dissipated for quite a few reasons over the course of the 2019 season, but one of the main ones was the lack of weapons for Eagles QB Carson Wentz. Whether it was injuries or underperformance, the weapons around Wentz were more like squirt guns instead of super soakers. Philadelphia is in desperate need of an infusion of speed into their receiving corps as well as a reliable target for Wentz outside of TE Zach Ertz

  1. Cornerback

Both of the Eagles’ starting corners in 2019 — Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills — are slated for free agency. Both also had their struggles last year, which leaves the Eagles in search of upgrades for the 2020 season. Mills could be back and Philadelphia has some other options on the roster. But expect them to be regularly connected to the top names available, whether it’s Cowboys CB Byron Jones in free agency or Lions CB Darius Slay via trade. 

  1. Safety

Philadelphia already needs to fill one hole at safety in 2020 if they don’t bring back veteran Rodney McLeod. But another one could be brewing, as S Malcolm Jenkins has said he won’t play under his current contract in 2020. If the Eagles aren’t comfortable giving the 32-year-old an extension, that’s another hole to fill. Regardless, the team could use an infusion of youth at the safety position. 

Giants

Projected Cap Space: $61,887,217

Draft Picks: 10, including three compensatory picks according to Over the Cap’s projections.

  • 1st (No. 4)
  • 2nd (No. 36)
  • 3rd (Comp)
  • 4th (No. 100)
  • 5th (No. 132)
  • 6th (No. 164)
  • 7th (No. 196)
  • 7th (No. 216, from NO)
  • 7th (Comp)
  • 7th (Comp)

Notable Free Agents:

Team Needs:

  1. Defensive End

The Giants hit a solid triple in free agency last year by signing LB Markus Golden to a one-year, prove-it deal. But now that Golden has proven it with a 10-sack season, there’s a good chance he finds another team more willing to spend big. Even if the Giants keep him, the lack of pass rush is arguably their biggest need, and one that GM Dave Gettleman says he’s well aware of. 

  1. Offensive Tackle

Giants starting right tackle Mike Remmers is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, while big free-agent acquisition LT Nate Solder has been a bust so far as a Giant. New York doesn’t really have another viable option on the roster to move on from Solder in 2020 without taking a major leap of faith on someone. Getting a tackle who could play on the right side before shifting to the left in 2021 is a strong option for the Giants in the first round of the draft. 

  1. Cornerback

Giants first-round CB Deandre Baker had a particularly rough first season, even accounting for the difficulty of transitioning to playing cornerback in the NFL from college. New York can’t give up on Baker, but it also needs to add a lot more talent to its secondary, which was torn up like tissue paper by a number of teams in 2019. 

Redskins

Projected Cap Space: $52,931,968

Draft Picks: 7, including one compensatory pick according to Over the Cap’s projections

  • 1st (No. 2)
  • 3rd (No. 66)
  • 4th (No. 98)
  • 4th (Comp)
  • 5th (No. 130)
  • 7th (No. 194)
  • 7th (No. 207, from DEN)

Notable Free Agents:

Team Needs:

  1. Cornerback

Washington doesn’t have quite as many holes as one would expect for a 3-13 team. In fact, the front seven is actually quite strong and set to get even stronger with the presumed addition of Ohio State DE Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick. But there’s a huge void in the secondary the team will need to address in the later rounds and during free agency. Washington has already cut Josh Norman and could need to replace another starting corner if it can’t mend fences with Quinton Dunbar

  1. Tight End

Following the retirement of Vernon Davis and the expected release of Jordan Reed, the only tight ends under contract in Washington will be Jeremy Sprinkle and Hale Hentges. That makes the position a massive void for Washington. New HC Ron Rivera is recruiting former Panthers TE Greg Olsen to come be a security blanket for 2019 first-round QB Dwayne Haskins, but even if Olsen chooses Washington, the team still needs a younger option at the position. 

  1. Guard

Both of Washington’s starting guards, Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers, are set to hit the free-agent market in March. Scherff will likely go on to reset the market for guards if he’s not franchise-tagged, while Flowers could be amenable to re-signing after reviving his career in 2019 in Washington. If either or both leave, that will leave a hole the team needs to fill in order to ensure Haskins has the protection he needs to develop. 

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