NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins

     

Cowboys

Chris Simms of ProFootballTalk said on 105.3TheFan that he’s been told “from some people in the know” that Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has been offered a five-year, $175 million extension but the quarterback would like a four-year deal or to receive above $45 million in the final year of a five-year contract. 

“From what I know of the situation, and I know from some people who are in the know that he’s been offered five years, $175 million,’‘ Simms said. “He wants a four-year deal. If they do agree to a five-year deal they would like a really big number at the end of that fifth year to cover their butts for what the market might be at the position five years from now. And I’ve heard he’s asking for somewhere like north of $45 million in that fifth year.”

  • Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap reports this account isn’t accurate. Fitzgerald adds there haven’t been meaningful discussions between the two sides in some time. 
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed Fitzgerald’s report, saying there hasn’t been other discussions besides Dallas wanting a longer deal and Prescott preferring a shorter one. 
  • Cowboys S Xavier Woods says the new defense they’re installing has a lot more looks than in 2019, with more variance in coverages and pre-snap disguises. (Michael Gehlken)

Eagles

Traditionally the Eagles under HC Doug Pederson have trended strongly toward using a running back by committee — even beyond the normal league-wide trend. Philadelphia has regularly used three backs in a regular rotation, even last year after drafting RB Miles Sanders in the second round. But with the depth chart looking thinner in 2020, Sanders could be in line for a much bigger workload than the 229 touches he got in 2019, and he says he’s ready. 

“I believe that’s why they drafted me in the first place,” Sanders said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It was really just a switch that turned. All of a sudden, I was a starting running back and I didn’t start at the beginning of the season. I just looked at the opportunity and attacked it.”

  • Geoff Mosher mentioned on the “Inside the Birds” podcast that the Eagles are interested in re-signing free agent OLB Vinny Curry.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes there’s a decent chance Eagles second-round QB Jalen Hurts starts a game or two in 2020 because of starting QB Carson Wentz‘s injury history. 

Redskins

  • The Athletic’s Ben Standig believes Redskins WR Kelvin Harmon is the clear early favorite to start across from Terry McLaurin
  • Standig mentions Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins has been working out with teammates who are still in the area. 
  • If the Redskins look to add another veteran receiver, especially if WR Cody Latimer ends up being released, Standig highlights WR Jarius Wright as an available option who has experience in the system and wouldn’t slow the growth of other, younger options. 
  • Standig expects Redskins DE Ryan Kerrigan to start but there won’t be a shortage of snaps for either Montez Sweat or No. 2 overall pick Chase Young
  • Redskins DL Jonathan Allen said he is “super excited” after the organization picked up his fifth-year option for the 2021 season. (Standig)
  • Regarding the Redskins converting to a 4-3 defensive system, Allen said he has not played the 4-3 since high school but added that Washington has implemented different versions of the scheme in previous seasons. (Standig)
  • Redskins S Landon Collins praised second-year CB Jimmy Moreland and believes the cornerback could’ve had more interceptions as a rookie but lacked some playmaking instincts. (Standig)

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