NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

  • According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had his exclusive franchise tag recalculated to $31.409 million. 
  • The tag was initially $26.824 million as a placeholder but the exclusive tag is based on the average of the top five quarterback salaries once the restricted free agent signing period of the current league year ends.
  • Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy didn’t say if Prescott attended virtual OTA’s, emphasizing that they’re voluntary and Prescott has been in contact with the coaching staff. (Michael Gehlken)
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dallas is unlikely to trade its first-round pick for a veteran player. While Jets S Jamal Adams wasn’t mentioned, it likely rules out that trade for Dallas. (Jane Slater)
  • Center would appear to be a hole for the Cowboys after Travis Frederick‘s retirement, but EVP Stephen Jones said they do have options with G Connor McGovern, C Joe Looney and G Connor Williams: “We feel good about that spot, but at the same time, if there’s a great center there you have to take a look.” (Jon Machota)
  • The Cowboys haven’t ruled out drafting a backup quarterback but made it clear that it won’t be a reflection on negotiations with Prescott: “He’s going to be our starting quarterback. Our bigger goal is to get him signed long term and we think we can do that.” (Machota)
  • McCarthy told reporters they’ll run a 4-3 defense with some 3-4 principles. Signings like Aldon Smith reflect that. (Slater)
  • Regarding Smith, McCarthy said he was impressed enough with him to feel confident in giving him another shot: “Very impressed with him and everything he’s done. He’s really prepared himself for this next opportunity. I’ve always admired him from afar, competing against him a few years back. Very impressive young man. I’m looking forward to working with him.” (Machota)
  • Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans has video conferenced with the Cowboys. (Justin Melo)

Eagles

  • NJ.com’s Mike Kaye writes that Colts S Malik Hooker would be an intriguing trade addition for the Eagles if Indianapolis has him available. 
  • Per NBC Sports’ John Clark, Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk said he’s been in contact with the Eagles again recently and could see the team drafting him in the first round: “That’s a big possibility. I definitely feel like the interest is there. Philly is a great football city. It would be a nice landing spot.”
  • Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans has video conferenced with the Eagles. (Justin Melo)
  • North Dakota State DE Derrek Tuszka has held FaceTime meetings with the Eagles. (Justin Melo)
  • Mississippi State LB Willie Gay Jr. had a visit scheduled with the Eagles before the shutdown. (Aaron Wilson)

Giants

  • Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post is the general opinion is the Giants don’t have the assets to trade up to No. 2 overall without stripping their 2021 draft, which would hamper their ability to rebuild. 
  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports the Giants are expected to actively shop the No. 4 pick in an effort to trade down. 
  • The Giants have shown interest in and stayed in contact with Michigan DE Mike Danna as a potential Day 3 option. (Matt Lombardo)
  • Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans has video conferenced with the Giants. (Justin Melo)
  • North Dakota State DE Derrek Tuszka has held FaceTime meetings with the Giants. (Justin Melo)

Redskins

  • NBC Sports’ JP Finlay confirms the Redskins are listening to trade calls for the No. 2 pick but the offer would have to be outrageous to convince them to forego Ohio State DE Chase Young.
  • The Athletic’s Grant Paulsen says based on what he’s heard not to expect the Redskins to take a tight end with the No. 66 pick in the third round, saying the value at the position will come later. 
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