NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins

     

Cowboys

  • According to CBS Sports analyst and former NFL agent Joel Corry, Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has no incentive to work on his deal until after Falcons WR Julio Jones and Saints WR Michael Thomas finalize their extensions, which are expected to reset the wide receiver market. 
  • Corry notes that Cooper’s deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of $20 million per season, given that this would be the average salary from franchising him over the next two years (roughly $18M in 2020 and $21.6M in 2021).

Eagles

Eagles DT Hassan Ridgeway knew he wasn’t in the Colts’ long-term plans even before they traded him to Philadelphia during the seventh round of the draft. 

“If you’re not going to keep me in your scheme, you’re not going to use me, I want to go,” Ridgeway said via NJ.com’s Mike Kaye. “It worked out for the best.”

Ridgeway will be competing for a rotational role on the Eagles’ depth chart, but both GM Howie Roseman and DC Jim Schwartz have praised him so far this offseason. 

“I’ve shown I can play and now I’ve got to go show it again,” Ridgeway said. “That’s basically what [the trade] means. ‘Go prove it.’ They’ve seen what they like about me and now I’ve got to show [my talent] again.”

Redskins

The Redskins believe Ereck Flowers could potentially be a better fit as a starter for Washington at left guard compared to his failed stints as an offensive tackle with the Giants.

“I think it gives us size, it gives us power, I think those are really good traits for the running attack and pass protection,” Redskins assistant head coach Bill Callahan said via Les Carpenter of the Washington Post. “He’s long, he’s square, obviously he can play in the short area so those are things we kind of identified during free agency that we liked and we are trying to fit him into that mode. So it’s been a work in progress, we got a long ways to go yet, but he’s made a nice transition.”

  • NBC Sports’ J.P. Finlay sees four ways the situation with OT Trent Williams could end. Williams has reportedly “vowed” not to return to Washington after taking issue with his contract and the team’s medical staff. 
  • Finlay writes there’s “zero” chance the Redskins cut Williams and that a trade is also an unlikely scenario. 
  • Per Finlay, the two most likely scenarios are either the Redskins mend fences with Williams, likely by offering more guaranteed money, or Williams walks away from the team and retires with over $100 million in career earnings. 

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