Mid-overnight news: McNabb for a 6, Free stays, Skins overpay for Cofield, Eagles asking price revealed

Went to bed around 10, and just woke up to find a bunch of interesting news items around the NFC East:

Redskins sign Barry Cofield away from the Giants

The Giants lose a good player, as expected, but Cofield’s destination makes no sense to me at all.  I like Barry Cofield, but I like him as a penetrating 4-3 DT, and I like him for something significantly less than the 6 years and $36 million the Redskins gave him.  Everybody loses… well, except Cofield.  The Redskins were desperate to find a NT, but this is a bad fit.

Redskins have deal in principle in place to send McNabb to Minnesota for a 6th round pick

The deal includes a conditional 6th round pick in 2013, and it’s also incumbent upon McNabb coming to an agreement with the Vikings to re-do his terrible contract.  When you look at the whole McNabb-to-the-Redskins situation from a 35,000 foot view, the entire thing was a disaster, as Jason Brewer of BGN sums up nicely here.  But as for the deal itself, I actually see it as a minor win for the Skins, who I thought were going to get nothing at all for McNabb (and still might not).  They have Part 1 of the deal in place.  Now they just have to sit back and hope McNabb is able to work something out with the Vikes.  What a bad year for 5.

Santonio Holmes talks with the Jets intensify

Per Rich Cimini of ESPN NY.  I didn’t think the Skins would be wise to invest bigtime dollars in a WR after re-signing Santana Moss.  Get a QB and some offensive linemen first, while giving your slew of young receivers the chance to develop.  Then, if your young guys don’t pan out, worry about that later, Skins.

Cowboys retain Doug Free

Golf clap for Jerry Jones & Co.  I beat up the Cowboys all offseason for not franchise tagging Doug Free and making it a 100% certainty he’d return to his spot at LT.  When players with 4 years of NFL service were awarded the right to become free agents, I thought for sure some team out there was going to drive up Free’s price tag to the point where the Cowboys would have paid more for him than if they tagged him.  That team appeared to be the Buccaneers, who were reported to be “in a dogfight” for Free’s services.  The final price for Free?  A very reasonable 4 year, $32 million contract.  Really? That’s it?  Clearly, I misjudged the market for a good, young, healthy 27 year old left tackle… or maybe I’m overvaluing Free’s ability?  Whatever the case, it’s a good deal for the Cowboys and one I thought they could have gotten done had they tagged Free, sans the fans’ agita.

Eagles and Cardinals squabbling over Kolb compensation

The Eagles reportedly want Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 1.  The Cards are apparently willing to give up DRC and a 2.  I think the Eagles are trying to get too cute here.  I’m as big a believer in Kolb as there is, but if the Cards have an offer of a 2 and DRC on the table, that’s more than fair.


  1. […] for Barry Cofield.  Covered this briefly yesterday, and after I had a chance to let it digest, I still don’t get it.  Last offseason, the […]

  2. Matt says:

    Perhaps Free didn’t want to go to Tampa? That does have to figure in to some degree right?

    1. Yeah, I’m sure he wanted to stay in Dallas. That’s the team that drafted him, obvliously. I just figured there’d be a much more robust market for Free than it appears there was.

  3. brisulph says:

    Congrats to Barry, he got his payday… too bad he is going to be stuck in Washington.

  4. Tracer Bullet says:

    This is why they’re the Buccaneers. They’ve had moments of competence, but they’ve been generally terrible for 40 years. I can see why a team, even a team with a ton of cap room, might lay off Asoumugh. But to miss out on an excellent YOUNG offensive lineman with all the money they have to spend is just inexcusable.

  5. Fiftyfourd says:

    Just take the deal Howie!!

    I don’t get why Free is not on a plane to Tampa right now. The bucs have MORE than enough room just to get to the cap minimum! Was really hoping they would lure him away from the ‘girls…. Oh well

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