NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins



  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones it’s not worth reading into when asked why they don’t have a long-term deal in place with DE Demarcus Lawrence: “The fact we don’t have something done today is not inordinate when you look at the things that are at stake here.” (David Moore)
  • Regarding Lawrence delaying surgery until a deal is done, Jones said: “It’s just a given that you’d get the full year at top, physical condition. If you don’t get that it depreciates what you’re doing.” (David Moore)
  • According to Clarence Hill, the Cowboys have increased their offer to Lawrence, but not enough to get a long-term deal in place. Hill adds that the two parties remain “far apart” in negotiations.
  • Jones said they never dismissed the possibility of signing S Earl Thomas, but the Ravens’ offer put an end to it: “The area he was signed in was one we didn’t think worked w/ how we’re making up our team from a cap standpoint.” (David Moore)


Eagles executive Howie Roseman mentioned that they would like to get a long-term extension in place with QB Carson Wentz

It goes without saying that we have a quarterback we’re committed to, that we want to sign to an extension,” Roseman said, per Zach Berman.

  • Wentz is continuing his rehab without a timetable, though the Eagles are “optimistic” he’ll be ready for OTA’s.  (Zack Rosenblatt)
  • DE Vinny Curry‘s deal includes a base salary of $1 million and a $1 million roster bonus, both fully guaranteed.  Curry also has weekly active roster bonuses of $15,625 and counts $2.1875 million against the cap.  (Reuben Frank)
  • Eagles HC Doug Pederson says he’d love to have RB Darren Sproles back, but it’s up to Sproles to decide if he wants to keep playing.  (Jeff McLane)
  • Veteran DE Chris Long has not given an indication on if he’ll return in 2019, according to Pederson.  (Zangaro)


  • Giants HC Pat Shurmur said of the Odell Beckham trade on NFL Network: “Nothing went wrong with Odell. We were looking forward to working with Odell, but I feel like we got good value in return. Trades can be good for both teams. We got good value, they got a great player and we move forward.” (Matt Lombardo)
  • Shurmur disputed the idea that Beckham was too much to handle: “That seems to be the narrative. That’s not the case. The notion that we were tired of Odell, that’s not right.”  (Vacchiano)
  • Shurmur said he would like to find a successor for QB Eli Manning “sooner than later,” adding it would be ideal if that player could spend a year behind Manning learning.  (Vacchiano)
  • Shurmur reiterated that they believe in Manning, saying: “If we add a new QB, it’s not Eli’s job to train him.”  (Kimberley Martin)
  • According to Shurmur, the team has been thorough with this year’s class of quarterbacks: “We’ve done a heck of a lot of work on all the quarterbacks we could potentially draft.” (Vacchiano)
  • Shurmur believes WRs Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard can play inside or outside in his offense.  (Vacchiano)
  • New S Jabrill Peppers will also return punts for the Giants.  (Ryan Dunleavy)
  • Shurmer said Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins is mobile enough to work in his system, calling him an “outstanding thrower.”  (Pat Leonard)
  • If the Giants are winning, Shurmur says Manning will remain the starter.  (Leonard)


  • Redskins HC Jay Gruden said the team’s plan is to move OL Ereck Flowers from tackle to guard.  (J.P. Finlay)
  • Redskins QB Colt McCoy‘s procedure shouldn’t keep him out of OTA’s, per Gruden.  (Finlay)
  • Gruden added QB Josh Johnson, who is currently a free agent, is recovering from a surgical procedure.  (Finlay)
  • Gruden said the team would like to be able to take a quarterback at No. 15, but only if the right one is available: “You got to hit on those first rounders. You can’t reach.”  (Finlay)
  • Regarding this year’s class of quarterbacks, Gruden said, “It’s an interesting group.”  (Finlay)
  • Gruden mentioned that they’ve “high hopes” for DL Caleb Brantley. (Finlay)
  • According to Gruden, he was “for sure” involved in signing S Landon Collins, who was the top free agent on their list.  (Finlay)
  • Gruden said he’s never been a fan of keeping three quarterbacks on the roster.  (Finlay)
  • The Redskins have high expectations for DE Ryan Anderson next year.  (Finlay)
  • Washington wants more from CB Josh Norman, as Gruden says he wants “superstar” play.  (Finlay)
  • Gruden says QB Alex Smith is “all in” on his recovery and the doors are open for him when he’s ready to come back. (Finlay)
  • McCoy and QB Case Keenum will compete for the starting job, per Gruden.  (Finlay)
  • While RB Derrius Guice will do some individual work in OTAs, the plan is for him to return fully in training camp.  (Finlay)
  • Gruden mentioned the Redskins scouted QB Josh Rosen last year and liked what they saw, but added there’s nothing to talk about because he’s not available.  (Finlay)

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Hey Nate! You and your colleagues just made my friggin day again. NFLTR ROCKS!!! A response to Lombardo’s piece from Putz Shurmur. According to Shurmur, “Trades can be good for both teams. We meaning the GMEN got GOOD value, they got a GREAT player.” So! Shurmur’s logic is to trade away GREAT for GOOD and move forward. Great logic, I guess it is all part of the PROCESS. A response to Vacchiano’s piece from Putz Shurmur. Shurmur disputes that Beckham was too hard to handle. According to Shurmur, “That seems to be the narrative. That’s not the case. The notion… Read more »