NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins


New Cowboys WR Amari Cooper said he wasn’t all that surprised to be traded after rumors had mentioned him being available in recent weeks.

“I wasn’t really surprised because there were rumors,” Cooper said Wednesday, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.

Cooper added that he’s excited about having a fresh start in Dallas.

“It feels great,” Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It feels like a fresh start, just like a freshman year in college or something like that.

“I mean the first thing you think about when you hear the Cowboys is that star, ‘America’s Team,’ and all of that. It’s a great franchise,” Cooper continued. “When I found out I was going to be a Dallas Cowboy, I don’t know, I just knew I would have to adapt fast.

“I knew everything would happen real fast.”


Mike Kaye of NJ Advance Media takes a look at six trade candidates and three free agents for the Eagles to consider following DE Derek Barnett‘s season-ending injury.


  • Matt Lombardo reports that the Giants are not shopping DE Olivier Vernon ahead of the Week 8 trade deadline.
  • Nick Korte mentions that if the Giants are really focused on a rebuild, they should cut WR Cody Latimer and S Michael Thomas before Week 10, as this would guarantee them a fourth-round 2019 compensatory pick for losing Justin Pugh and maybe possibly net them a fifth-rounder for Devon Kennard.


  • Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Wednesday that if a trade opportunity arises they will explore it. However, Gruden mentioned that he likes what they have and doesn’t think they need to make a move. (John Keim)

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