NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins

     

Cowboys

After embracing TE Jason Witten when he came out of retirement to play last season, the Cowboys moved on from their potential Hall of Fame tight end this offseason and handed the starting job to Witten’s long-time understudy, TE Blake Jarwin. Along with a three-year, $24.25 million extension, Dallas also has bigger expectations for the role Jarwin will play in 2020. 

“I’m excited for the task,” Jarwin said via Nick Eatman of the team’s official website. “I’m grateful that they believe in me to be the future of the tight end position. It’s my job to never be content with that. To just say ‘I got a great deal now and I can coast.’ That’s never been my approach and that won’t be approach in the future. Now I have to push myself even harder and prove that I deserve what they gave me.”

  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says there’s nothing new to report on negotiations between the Cowboys and QB Dak Prescott, saying the issue continues to be the length of the deal. 

Eagles

Not only are the Eagles the defending NFC East champions, but they also are the only NFC East team not to be breaking in a new coaching staff. In a normal year, that would give Philadelphia a head start, and it’s only enhanced by the limitations on on-field work league-wide during OTAs. 

“I’m all-in,” Eagles DE Brandon Graham said via Chris McPherson of the team’s website. “It’s all about having an advantage and I feel like we’ve got an advantage right now. We’ve got the same coach. All we have to do is make sure that we take this offseason like we’re supposed to.”

  • Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice writes that although Jets S Jamal Adams would likely thrive with the Eagles in the same role they used S Malcolm Jenkins for, the cost to acquire Adams would be prohibitive. 
  • If New York is asking for a first and third-round pick in 2021, trading for Adams would leave the Eagles with just a second-round pick and four other Day 3 selections. They would also still need to extend him and likely make him the NFL’s highest-paid safety. 
  • Kempski mentions Eagles DE Derek Barnett as a likely extension candidate next offseason. He also believes Philadelphia will be comfortable extending RB Miles Sanders and G Isaac Seumalo, both who are under contract through 2022. 

Redskins

  • Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald has the Redskins ranked in the first tier in his cap health index for 2021, which measures a team’s estimated cap space, cap flexibility and pending free agents. 
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