NFC Notes: Cowboys, Falcons, Giants

     

Cowboys

  • Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News writes that a bidding war appears imminent for Cowboys CB Byron Jones this offseason and “there are no indications the Cowboys are prepared to match the aggressive valuation for his services.”
  • Gehlken says Jones should command a contract worth $13 million to $15 million in annual value. With this in mind, Gehlken says it’s not hard to see other NFL teams valuing him more than the Cowboys.
  • Free agent WR Dez Bryant tweeted that he wants to play for only three teams including “blue and silver.”
  • Calvin Watkins reports that the Cowboys are adding Chase Haslett to their coaching staff as an offensive quality control assistant. 

Falcons

There has been increasing buzz about Austin Hooper‘s future with the Falcons, given that he’s in line to be one of the best tight ends available in this year’s free agent class. 

Hooper says he has yet to receive an offer from Atlanta. 

“I did my part, ended up here at the Pro Bowl. If the organization wants me, they’ll offer me,” Hooper said during an interview with 92.9 The Game. “I still haven’t received an offer from them.

Giants

Eli Manning officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday. 

During his press conference, Manning explained that he didn’t want to uproot his family to play for another team and “it was important for [him] to go out as a Giant.

“It was important for me to go out as a Giant,” Manning said. “It was the right thing to call it a career and end it instead of trying to uproot my family.

  • Giants owner John Mara said Manning will be inducted in the Ring of Honor and have his number retired: “We would be honored to induct you into our Ring of Honor next season And please know this: No Giant will ever wear No. 10 again.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
  • Manning says he’d be interested in a role with the Giants moving forward, which is something Mara has said they would be open to. (Mike Garafolo)

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