NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

New Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy had to wait a year before stepping back into the coaching ranks, but it appears he’s found a fit with the opening in Dallas. One of McCarthy’s former players in Green Bay, CB Tramon Williams, agrees that the Cowboys and McCarthy are a good match for each other. 

“Seems like the ideal job for him,” Williams said via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “For him to get that job is good to see. I was happy for him, like a kid at a candy store. It’s good to see that. He deserves it.”

  • The Athletic’s Jon Machota points out that McCarthy’s hire is a positive sign for the chances of WR Randall Cobb re-signing with Dallas this offseason. 
  • Machota identifies tight end as another need for Dallas depending on if TE Jason Witten returns for another year but he doesn’t think Dallas will target the position in free agency. 
  • Cowboys DE Robert Quinn‘s 11.5 sack season will likely price him out of Dallas’ range this offseason according to Machota. 
  • Machota mentions Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said he wants to bring back LB Sean Lee in 2020. 
  • If Cowboys CB Byron Jones is looking for a top-of-the-market deal, Machota writes the team will likely let him leave in free agency, as well as try to address safety in the draft. 
  • Improving special teams, particularly kicker, will be a point of emphasis for the Cowboys this offseason, per Machota. 

Eagles

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor entered the final year of his rookie deal in 2019 looking to establish himself in a contract year, either to earn an extension with the Eagles or a long-term deal somewhere else. Instead, injuries marred Agholor’s season and limited him to the worst yards per catch of his career. Now Agholor is just focusing on recovering from a unique knee injury before he tries to restart his career. 

“It’s something that we’re going to focus on [later],” Agholor said via Nick Fierro of the Courier Times. “Right now, it’s getting healthy. And we’ll have the conversation with [Eagles GM] Howie [Roseman] and everybody else when the time is right.”

  • Albert Breer writes that if Cowboys OC Kellen Moore were to leave, he would not be surprised if the Eagles were to show interest in him.

Giants

  • According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, new Panthers HC Matt Rhule called the Giants and gave them the opportunity to match the offer from Carolina on Monday night. New York declined, however. 
  • ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports the Giants informed Rhule there was another candidate seriously in the running for their head coaching position, at which point Rhule took the offer from Carolina instead of coming out to New York for his scheduled Tuesday interview. 

Redskins

Redskins LT Trent Williams carried through on his vow not to play for the team as long as Bruce Allen was the general manager. Williams sat out the entire 2019 season after taking issue with his treatment by Allen and Washington’s medical staff after they didn’t properly diagnose a growth on his head. Now that Allen and head trainer Larry Hess are gone, Williams’ teammates think they’ll get the former All-Pro left tackle back in 2020

“From articles and stuff that I read, [Williams] had problems with two people,” Redskins RB Chris Thompson said during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan via NBC Sports’ Ethan Cadeaux. “Now, that’s out the way, I think he would come back now. He always said for him, Dan [Snyder] wasn’t an issue at all, it was more how he was treated medically and how he felt about Bruce and stuff. That’s out of the question now, out of the way now. I think there’s a big chance he’ll come back.”

  • According to Albert Breer, Josh McDaniels has lined up Redskins OC Kevin O’Connell to fill a major role on his coaching staff if he were to leave the Patriots for a head-coaching job.
  • The Redskins hired Kevin Wilk as a medical consultant as they continue to try to revamp their reputation with player health. (Tom Pelissero)

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