NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

  • Calvin Watkins of Dallas News reports that free agent CB Chris Harris Jr. met with 24 teams at the combine and that the Cowboys have shown interest in signing him.
  • ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the Cowboys are still hoping to get an extension done with QB Dak Prescott before the tag window closes: “Would like to get Dak done. Will work to hopefully get something done as soon as possible.”

Eagles

  • NJ.com’s Mike Kaye reports that the Eagles and S Rodney McLeod discussed a deal during the season and he still thinks there’s a shot he could be back in Philadelphia. 
  • Kaye can also see CB Jalen Mills returning to the Eagles in 2020. 

Giants

  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano says that while the Giants are open to trading down, GM David Gettleman‘s philosophy of drafting “gold jacket” players near the top of the draft could lead to them taking Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons with the No. 4 pick.
  • Other potential first-round options, according to Vacchiano, include Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs, Lousville OT Mekhi Becton and Auburn DT Derrick Brown.
  • Vacchiano, citing multiple NFL sources, reports that the Giants will be looking to sign a cornerback in free agency. However, Vacchiano thinks the team would be willing to spend more money on an offensive lineman or pass rusher.
  • Vacchiano is also reporting that Gettleman may have interest in free agent CB James Bradberry, whom he drafted as GM of the Panthers.
  • According to Vacchiano, the Giants would be wary of paying Bradberry, as several sources told him that both Bradberry and CB Byron Jones could eventually sign for around $15 million per year.
  • The consensus, according to Vacchiano, is that both players will end up in the NFC East, with Jones going to the Eagles and Bradberry to the Redskins.
  • Vacchiano also notes the Giants may be forced into using the franchise tag on DL Leonard Williams in an attempt to get the minimum value after trading for him last season. Vacchiano believes Gettleman won’t allow Williams to hit free agency after giving up a third-round pick for him. 
  • Per ESPN’s Matthew Berry, an inside source says the Giants don’t think TE Evan Engram will ever be able to stay healthy and he’s a player who could be traded during the upcoming season. 
  • Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs revealed he has a pre-draft visit scheduled with the Giants. (Alex Marvez)

Redskins

  • Per ESPN’s Matthew Berry, people from both Carolina and Washington pointed out that Redskins HC Ron Rivera absolutely loves Panthers QB Cam Newton, which could make it interesting if Newton becomes available. 
  • In an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Ohio State DE Chase Young said his interview with the Redskins at the Combine stood out because team owner Dan Snyder was there. 
  • ESPN’s Todd McShay says he would only put the chances of Washington trading the No. 2 pick at 10-15 percent, adding they really love Young, per ESPN’s John Keim.
  • The Redskins and Rivera might be one of the few teams willing to pay Panthers CB James Bradberry $15 million per year, per CBS Sports analyst and former agent Joel Corry. (Keim)
  • Redskins RB Chris Thompson is not expected back. A league source tells Keim they think Washington could make a surprise run at Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake, as they need a third-down back. 
  • Keim says multiple sources tell him Redskins OT Trent Williams wants to become the NFL’s highest-paid tackle, topping Eagles OT Lane Johnson‘s $18 million AAV. 
  • Keim adds Washington is hopeful it can re-sign G Ereck Flowers for around $6-$9 million per year. 
  • Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan was told by Snyder this fall he wanted him to be a “Redskin for life.” The two sides are working on an extension. 
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