NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins


Cowboys’ new HC Mike McCarthy mentioned that it is still the team’s goal to re-sign QB Dak Prescott, WR Amari Cooper and veteran WR Randall Cobb, who he came away “very impressed with”.

The goal is to have both of those guys back,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “Amari, having a chance to get through all the tape, he did a lot of great things, and it really looks like he’s in sync with (quarterback) Dak (Prescott). And I would even say Randall more so. I was very impressed with Randall last year.”

McCarthy pointed out that he “did a lot more” with Cobb while in Green Bay and continued to praise how he performed last season.  

“I did a lot more with (Cobb) being behind the line of scrimmage than they did with him last year,” McCarthy said. “But I thought he played great in the slot and did some things as a single receiver. I thought he probably played as well as I’ve seen him play just the pure receiver position. But he has that capability and you look at his background, I mean, he was a (college) quarterback. So he gets it. He’s wired that way. And I don’t think you can have enough of those kinds of guys.”

  • According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, team officials around the league don’t think the Cowboys are close to a long-term deal with Prescott and he’ll end up being franchise tagged. 
  • Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline writes Cowboys CB Byron Jones is almost universally regarded as the top free-agent corner available and his eventual deal will exceed all current projections. 
  • South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw had a formal interview with the Cowboys at the Combine. (Todd Archer)
  • Auburn DL Marlon Davidson said he spoke with the Cowboys at the Combine. (Twitter)
  • Boise State DE Curtis Weaver had a formal interview with the COwboys at the Combine. (Jon Machota)
  • Baylor DL James Lynch met with the Cowboys at the Combine. (Thor Nystrom)


  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan left the door open to the possibility of trading WR Marquise Goodwin at some point. (NFLTR)
  • Jimmy Kempski doesn’t expect San Francisco to find a trade partner for Goodwin, given that he is set to make $4 million next season and has knee issues. However, should the 49ers cut Goodwin, he could see him drawing interest from the Eagles. 
  • Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller writes that Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III and Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk are mentioned as potential targets for the Eagles in the first round. 
  • Penn State WR KJ Hamler said he is scheduled to meet with the Eagles on Thursday. (Thor Nystrom)


Giants HC Joe Judge said new OC Jason Garrett provides a “wealth of experience” and has experience with players from “multiple systems.

“Jason (Garrett) is a tremendous person with a wealth of experience,” said Judge, via Jon Machota. “He’s had success with multiple players in multiple systems. He’s a tremendous teacher, great communicator and he’s been great with our staff. He comes to work every day full of energy.”

  • Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports that the Giants are discussing the possibility of using the franchise or transition tag on DL Leonard Williams as a defensive tackle, which will likely lead to Williams filing a grievance to be paid like a defensive end. 
  • Vacchiano notes that Williams would earn $4 million more if designated as a defensive end. 
  • Vacchiano also reports that there has been “no substantive” progress in negotiations between Williams and the Giants as of last week, but the two sides could speak more at the NFL Combine.
  • Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post writes that the Giants tried to bring in Mike McCarthy for a second head coaching interview after learning of the Cowboys’ interest in him. 
  • However, McCarthy chose Dallas over New York because he felt like it was a better situation, though he did like Giants QB Daniel Jones
  • LSU DE K’Lavon Chaisson had a formal interview with the Giants at the Combine. (Art Stapleton)
  • TCU DT Ross Blacklock has formal interviews with 21 teams scheduled at the Combine, including the Giants. (Jordan Reid)
  • Notre Dame DE Julian Okwara met with the Giants at the Combine. (Thor Nystrom)


  • According to ESPN’s John Keim, while the Redskins and LT Trent Williams have thawed their relationship somewhat, Williams’ contract is still an issue. 
  • The veteran still has one year left on his deal with a $12.5 million base salary that not guaranteed, but would like to be the highest-paid tackle in the NFL. That’s at least $18 million per year right now, with the potential for more. 
  • If Washington doesn’t want to commit that much to Williams, a trade might still be on the table. Keim says the team is hopeful it could still get a first-round pick in exchange for Williams. However, a second-round pick might be more likely given his age, injury history and contract status. 
  • Josina Anderson is told that Williams has not been given permission to seek a trade at this time. She confirms that Williams has communicated to the team he still wants a new deal or to be traded, even after having a constructive meeting with HC Ron Rivera.
  • Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller writes that sources with the Redskins say they’re excited to have the No. 2 overall pick and have the chance to draft the best player in the class, Ohio State DE Chase Young.
  • Rivera confirmed Redskins DE Ryan Kerrigan is in the team’s plans for 2020. (JP Finlay)
  • Ohio State DE Chase Young has a formal interview scheduled with the Redskins at the Combine. (JP Finlay)

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