NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins

     

Cowboys

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli says DE Robert Quinn will be a welcome addition to their pass rush.

“He’s got some juice now – got that first step,” Marinelli said via USA Today’s Jori Epstein. “He fit right in with effort and how he hustles. You work with a guy like that, you don’t work against him.”

Eagles

Per ESPN’s Field Yates, Eagles QB Carson Wentz‘s new deal includes a signing bonus of $16,367,683 and a total of $16 million in potential base salary escalators. The yearly breakdown of base salary and roster bonuses breaks out as follows:

  • 2019: $720,000 base salary
  • 2020: $1.383 million base and $8 million bonus
  • 2021: $15.4 million base and 10 million bonus
  • 2022: $22 million base and $1,000 bonus
  • 2023: $20 million base and $5 million bonus
  • 2024: $21 million base and $5 million bonus

Yates also reports the Eagles have a $30 million team option for 2020 that takes effect for the 2024 year. If exercised by the 10th day of the 2020 league year, Wentz’ base salary in 2020 will be $1.383 million. If Philadelphia declines the option, Wentz’ salary for 2020 will be $31.383M fully guaranteed.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reports Wentz will receive $56.47M by the second year of the deal and likely $81.8 million by the third year.

Redskins

Despite an inconsistent first two seasons, Redskins HC Jay Gruden has been impressed with RB Samaje Perine this spring.

“Perine has done an excellent job. He’s been one of our top performers on offense, really,” Gruden said via NBC Sports’ J.P. Finlay. “Perine has continued to get stronger and stronger in the weight room. He’s a powerful running back and he has not had the opportunities that he probably deserves or needs. But we just have to figure out a way to make the competition fair and play the best player, no matter whom they are or where they’re from.”

With a crowded running back room including Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Adrian Peterson and fourth-round rookie Bryce Love, Perine’s odds to make the roster are long. If he wants to stick with the Redskins, a position change to fullback might be his best shot.

“We tried him there a couple of times a couple of years ago,” Gruden said. “I’m sure that he could probably do it. That’s an option, but he’s also a tailback in his mind and he wants the ball. Push comes to shove, if we need to have a fullback and he’s the only one here, then he surely could do it because he’s got the power to do it.”

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