NFC Rumors: Commanders, Cowboys, Darius Slay, Eagles, Giants


  • ESPN’s John Keim mentions he would not be surprised if the Commanders turned their attention to re-signing QB Taylor Heinicke now that they have locked up DT Daron Payne on a long-term deal. 


  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler mentions the Cowboys are trying to work something out to keep S Donovan Wilson, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent this week. 


Eagles CB Darius Slay did not ask the team for a trade and says there is no bad blood over him potentially being shipped to another franchise.

“I just want my fans to know, Slay did not ask to be traded,” Slay said on his podcast. “But this is part of the business. There’s no bad blood against either one of us, me or (general manager) Howie (Roseman). None of that. We all good. Great understanding, just the business part of it. A lot of guys go up for trade, you know, it got a lot of money involved in this situation. It’s nothing big. Nothing too serious, man. It’s part of the business. “

“If my job requires me to go elsewhere, then I’ll go,” Slay noted. “You know, I’m gonna enjoy my love, fun. I got a lot of years left in this game. I love this game, man. So it’s only right for me to finish off strong. … I’m hoping for anything. Any great opportunity to go out and help an organization win. So, I’m looking forward to seeing this. I’ve been here before. Hey, and I ended up as an Eagle. We’ll see where I end up now.”

“I do want to finish my career as an Eagle, but we’ll see,” Slay added. “We’ll be looking forward to it. Got time here, but best believe, I do want to be an Eagle.”

  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says the Eagles have made a strong effort to re-sign S C.J. Gardner-Johnson. If he leaves in free agency, however, he adds it could open the door for them to keep another one of their pending free agents, like CB James Bradberry.


  • ESPN’s Dan Graziano mentions the Giants as a team to watch to potentially sign Bills S Jordan Poyer, as there’s a lot of familiarity between key Giants decision-makers and Poyer.  
  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says the Giants are expected to be involved to some degree in the free agent market for defensive tackles, which features both top-end options and a lot of depth. 
  • The Giants have come up as a potential landing spot for Bills LB Tremaine Edmunds but ESPN’s Jordan Raanan thinks he might be too expensive. Raanan has heard $15 million a year for Edmunds, other reports have his value much higher. 
  • Instead, Raanan thinks Eagles LB T.J. Edwards is an alternative to watch for New York. 
  • Others who have been connected to the Giants include Commanders LB Cole Holcomb, Bengals LB Germaine Pratt, Chargers LB Drue Tranquill, Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch and Lions LB Alex Anzalone, per Raanan.
  • Raanan mentions the Giants would like to re-sign WR Darius Slayton at the right price. The team will also monitor the markets for OL Nick Gates and Jon Feliciano to see if it makes sense to bring them back. 
  • Raanan says the Giants have tinkered with the idea of adding a pass-catching tight end like Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. to their current group. Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki would also be an option. 
  • According to Raanan, Giants S Julian Love is expected to test free agency and has interest from two other NFC teams. He’s looking at landing a deal in the $8-$10 million a year range. 
  • Raanan also points out it’s not a foregone conclusion Giants DT Leonard Williams is back, though Schoen made it sound like he would prefer to keep him. If Williams isn’t amenable to a pay cut, Raanan doesn’t rule out a release and New York using the savings to replace Williams with other free-agent defensive tackles. 
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News mentions the Giants aggressively pursued Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy last fall until they were told he was unavailable.

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