ALL NFC EAST
Highly optimistic news on the lockout.
Rainer gives almost as much attention to Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen, but for me, the losses of Bowen and Hatcher would pale in comparison to the loss of Doug Free, who I think might actually generate more interest on the open market than Nnamdi Asomugha.
Todd rightfully questions what Peter King is thinking about, placing the Cowboys 2nd on his list of likely Nnamdi suitors, with the following explanation:
2. Dallas. Go back in history. Remember when Jerry Jones, against the wishes of son Stephen, gave Deion Sanders a $13 million signing bonus in 1995 to come to Dallas? (Jerry thought his son was going to punch him over it.) Jones has the ability to fit Asomugha under his cap. With Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware the only huge-money players on the roster, the Joneses can find a way to shoehorn an Asomugha contract into the fold.
For one, there are way more “big money” players on the team other than just Romo and Ware, depending on your definition of “big money.” I’d add Terence Newman, Leonard Davis, Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and Andre Gurode. Come to think of it, the Cowboys probably have more “big money players” than anyone other team in the NFL. As Todd also mentions, the Cowboys have more money committed to player salaries in 2011 than any team in the NFL. Add in the huge contract they’re going to have to give Doug Free, and I’m not sure how they could possibly shoehorn Nnamdi in under the cap.
Vinnie lists Dez Bryant as Garrett’s “biggest headache.” I’d go with Jerry Jones.
I don’t think there’s a ton of interest in Martellus Bennett anymore, and Choice’s value is very minimal at this point, so I think the Cowboys are better off just keeping these guys and their team-friendly rookie-contract salaries.
Sounds like Sean McDermott’s defense. Sometimes less is more.
It wouldn’t make sense for the Redskins or Burress (well, maybe it would for Burress depending on the money). I just don’t see it from any angle.
The Redskins aren’t in terrible shape here. Among the guys on this list, call me crazy, but the guy the Redskins need to make the #1 priority is Rex Grossman.
Jammal Brown and Stephon Heyer are free agents, of course. Will they bring back either of those two guys or look for another option elsewhere?
I think the Giants might lob in a phone call to Stew. The other Eagles FA’s: Jerome Harrison, Dimitri Patterson, Max Jean-Gilles, Sav Rocca, Omar Gaither, Ellis Hobbs, Ernie Sims, Reggie Wells, Akeem Jordan, Nick Cole and Antoine Harris.
Bo takes a look at the Eagles 3rd round pick.
In my first year with media credentials last year, I covered training camp, home and away games from the press box, the NFL Combine, and a bunch of other things, and by far and away, watching practices at Lehigh was the best. It’ll be a huge disappointment for me and the 10’s of thousands of fans that go to Lehigh every year to watch the Eagles’ training camp.
Sheil, like Todd Archer above, questions King’s comments:
Rumors (and they seem to be more than that) are flying that the Eagles are going to strike quickly and spend big money in free agency. Imagine pairing Asomugha with very good cover man Asante Samuel. It’d be money well-spent, even at a Bradyish $18 million a year.