NFC East Notes: Eagles, Giants, Redskins


Last week at the owners meeting, Eagles HC Doug Pederson mentioned Jalen Mills as someone he believes can take over the slot corner position for them in 2018.

I think he’s comfortable enough,” Pederson said, via Jimmy Kempski of “He understands. He’s a versatile guy. If you ever needed him to play a safety spot he can go back. He’s that type of athlete. He’s not just one position. He’s versatile enough to know that we can be able to move him around a little bit. For a guy that was drafted where he was, late, he’s been a real, real, big bright big spot for us these first two years.”


Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports spoke with several GMs over the weekend about what they believe the Giants will do with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft and while they think New York is a big fan of Saquon Barkley, the overall expectation is that the Giants are “highly likely” to trade back.

Two GMs who spoke with La Canfora wondered if the Giants are pushing Barkley at No. 2 overall in order to drum up trade interest among teams in need of a quarterback such as the Bills or Cardinals.

“If you are (Giants general manager Dave) Gettleman, you must love all of this Barkley talk,” said one NFC general manager. “I think if he gets his way, he holds an auction for the second pick, drops back a few spots and takes the running back or Bradley Chubb at 5 if everyone is trading up for a quarterback.”

  • Peter King isn’t ruling out the Giants trading WR Odell Beckham Jr to the Rams for two first-round picks and then turning around trading No. 2 overall to the Bills in return for three first-round picks that includes No. 12 and No. 22 overall this year.


New Redskins CB Orlando Scandrick mentioned during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that he really clicked with Washington coaches, which was part of the reason he decided to join them a few weeks ago.

“It was a great run in Dallas. All good things come to an end. It was time for both sides to move on,” Scandrick said. “I really clicked with the coaches in Washington. I’m familiar with the division, good mix of young and veteran players.”

  • Rich Tandler of NBC Washington points out that the Redskins have around $17.3 million of cap space to work with right now.
  • Of this figure, Tandler mentions that $2.5 million will go to signing draft picks and another $5 million will be set aside for their practice squad, which means Washington should have around $10 million of cap room to roll over to 2019, assuming they don’t sign any more free agents.
  • Tandler believes the Redskins would be receptive towards getting a deal done with free agent DT Johnathan Hankins if his agent called them to see if they could work something out.
  • Tandler lists Preston Smith, Jamison Crowder, and Brandon Scherff as three extension candidates for the Redskins to consider this offseason.

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