NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins


  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell thinks it’s just a matter of time before Dallas cuts K Kai Forbath given the money they gave K Greg Zuerlein on a three-year deal. 
  • ESPN’s Todd Archer deduces the six Cowboys UDFA’s who Dallas had draftable grades on all got six-figure guarantees. The list includes DE Ron’Dell Carter ($145,000), OT Terence Steele ($135,000), TE Sean McKeon ($112,000), LB Frances Bernard ($110,000), RB Rico Dowdle ($110,000), WR Stephen Guidry ($110,000) and RB Darius Anderson ($110,000).
  • The Cowboys didn’t add a punter to compete with Chris Jones, with Dallas VP of player personnel Will McClay saying ST coach John Fassel feels “really good” about their current situation. (Michael Gehlken)
  • The Cowboys signed undrafted LB Azur Kamara to a rookie seal that includes $65,000 guaranteed and a $5,000 signing bonus. (Aaron Wilson)


Eagles GM Howie Roseman explained the decision to take Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson and what they like about him as a player. 

“You see the vertical separation as an outside receiver, and those things are hard to find,” Roseman said, via Pro Football Talk. “When you look at kind of this draft about guys who can just separate as an outside vertical receiver, there are not a lot of those guys. Those guys are hard to find and they’re hard to find in this league. You see it, that it really fits our quarterback skill set. Our quarterback likes to throw the ball down the field and make vertical throws.

Adding speed in general to the offense was a major priority for the Eagles after an injury to DeSean Jackson was part of the reason they stagnated in 2019. In addition to Reagor, Philadelphia drafted John Hightower and Quez Watkins on the third day of the draft along with trading for 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin

“We knew we needed to get better at that position,” Roseman said via the Athletic’s Zach Berman. “I know I’ve talked about it in the offseason, but we really feel like we’ve added (depth). We’ve added DeSean back, Alshon back. We need to get him healthy, get him right. Then when you look at this draft and this draft weekend, adding Marquise. Marquise is one of the fastest men in the world. And I mean that when I say that. He’s one of the fastest men in the world. He is so fast. Obviously, Rich (Scangarello) had the opportunity to be with him, and so he recommended him to Andy (Weidl), coach and I. And then, again, we go into this draft and we got some young players that can really run, but they can also play the game. They understand how to run routes. They’re not just track guys. They’re guys that we really felt passionate about.”

  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell writes the Eagles’ additions at receiver could push WR Greg Ward to the wrong side of the roster bubble. 


  • The Athletic’s Dan Duggan explains the seldom-used unrestricted free agent tender the Giants gave LB Markus Golden. The tender is for 110 percent of the player’s previous salary, which would be $4.1 million for Golden along with a potential $1 million sacks incentive. 
  • The tender extends the Giants’ ability to receive a compensatory pick for Golden and limits Golden to negotiating only with New York if he is unsigned after July 22. 
  • Duggan says while the Giants aren’t expected to get a comp pick regardless with Golden, the tender means Golden would still factor into the formula for other teams even after the qualifying period for signings ends. 
  • He adds it doesn’t ensure Golden will be back with the Giants, as he can still sign elsewhere and there might be hard feelings between him, his agent and the team after they handicapped his earning potential. 
  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell says Giants RB Wayne Gallman is a release candidate this coming season. 
  • Golden’s contract could be worth up to $5.22 million if he re-signs with the Giants. (Jordan Raanan)


Like most rookies, Redskins DE Chase Young enters the league with room to grow. What’s a little more unusual about the No. 2 overall pick, though, is that in his case that phrase can be taken literally. Young measured in at 6-foot-5 during the NFL Combine but his family has a history of late growth spurts. His dad grew from 6-7 to 6-10 between sophomore year of college and graduation and Young could still add an inch or two. 

“It’s a possibility I could grow late,” Young said via ESPN’s John Keim. “A lot of people told me my growth plates, there’s still some room. It won’t affect my game. It’s something I’ll adapt to, staying flexible. If you’re tall, you’ve got to be a lot more flexible. I’ll be the same person whether I’m 6-7 or 6-1. Everything’s cool.”

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