A look ahead at the NFC East 2013 free agents

There’s still work to be done in 2012 free agency.  London Fletcher has yet to resign, Asante Samuel will be traded, etc., but we probably won’t be seeing any more fireworks.  And so, I thought we’d take a quick peek at what NFC East players are set to become free agents in 2013:

Giants
Jake Ballard, TE Bruce Johnson, S
Ramses Barden, WR Mathias Kiwanuka, LB
William Beatty, OT Craig Marshall, DT
Travis Beckum, TE Ryan Perrilloux, QB
Martellus Bennett, TE Kenny Phillips, S
Brandon Bing, CB Ryan Purvis, TE
Kevin Boothe, OG Clint Sintim, LB
Andre Brown, RB Isaiah Stanback, WR
Selvish Capers, OT Adrian Tracy, LB
Victor Cruz, WR Justin Trattou, DT
Dwayne Hendricks, DT Lawrence Tynes, K
Domenik Hixon, WR Osi Umenyiora, DE
Christian Hopkins, TE Chris White, C
Chris Horton, S

The four big names here are Osi Umenyiora, Kenny Phillips, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Victor Cruz. Ignore Cruz – he’s restricted, and won’t be going anywhere.  However, perhaps the most interesting player on this list is William Beatty.  Last year was Beatty’s first as a starter, and he’s somewhat of a forgotten man in the Giants’ Super Bowl run, since he was lost after Week 11 with an eye injury.  Before he left though, he was probably the Giants’ best offensive lineman in 2011.  The Giants obviously want him to play well in 2012, but if he does, he’s going to cost a lot of money.  I think a comparable situation to Beatty’s could be that of Doug Free.  Free saw some action when Marc Colombo got hurt in 2009, and became the starting LT in 2010, his contract year.  He put together a nice season, and was able to bankroll that into a 4 year, $32 million deal.  If the Giants believe in Beatty’s ability, they would be smart to start talking extension with him before it gets to that point.

Eagles
Colt Anderson, S Domonique Johnson, CB
Brett Brackett, TE Akeem Jordan, LB
Antonio Dixon, DT Trevard Lindley, CB
Jon Dorenbos, LS Greg Lloyd, LB
Trent Edwards, QB LeSean McCoy, RB
Moise Fokou, LB Graig Cooper, RB
Maurice Fountain, DT Dallas Reynolds, OG
Mardy Gilyard, WR Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB
Chad Hall, WR Monte Simmons, LB
Jamel Hamler, WR Darryl Tapp, DE
Joselio Hanson, CB Zane Taylor, C
Stanley Havili, FB Cedric Thornton, DT
Brandon Hughes, CB Steve Vallos, OG
D.J. Johnson, CB

With the Eagles, it’s all about 2 players: LeSean McCoy and Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie.  McCoy isn’t going anywhere.  If it gets to the point where they need to slap the franchise tag on McCoy, then that’s what they’ll do, but the Eagles don’t want to deal with the same on-going ordeal they just went through with DeSean Jackson.  Philly.com’s Paul Domowitch wrote a great article on McCoy’s contract situation.  DRC’s case is a little trickier.  At the week of Senior Bowl practices, an NFL personnel went to go chat up Juan Castillo, and he asked Juan about DRC.  Juan’s reply was something to the effect of “He’s $^#*ing awesome.”  And he is awesome.  At training camp, the raw talent of that guy was extraordinarily obvious.  If you were an alien that touched down at Eagles training camp and you had to pick out the most impressive, athletic human from that bunch, you’d take DRC.  The problem is that his extreme athletic ability hasn’t always translated to the field.  The Eagles will probably play a little “wait and see” with DRC (hey, that rhymes), but you can bet they want to lock him up long-term.  On a lesser level, the Eagles will also likely emply a wait and see approach with DT Antonio Dixon.

Cowboys
Baraka Atkins, DE Danny McCray, CB
Mario Butler, CB Stephen McGee, QB
Victor Butler, OLB Kevin Ogletree, WR
Barry Church, DB Jermey Parnell, OT
Kenyon Coleman, DE John Phillips, TE
Phil Costa, C Brodney Pool, S
Rob Calloway, DT Brashton Satele, LB
Mike Jenkins, CB Anthony Spencer, LB
Felix Jones, RB Justin Taplin-Ross
L.P. Ladouceur, LS Teddy Williams
Orie Lemon, LB C.J. Wilson, CB

The Cowboys list is kind of odd.  If  you include Felix Jones who may or may not start in 2012, there are 6 starters on this list: Jones, Kenyon Coleman, Phil Costa, Mike Jenkins, Brodney Pool, and Anthony Spencer.  And yet, if you’re a Cowboys fan, how many of those players would you really miss if they left?  Going from Jenkins to whoever his replacement might be could be a mildly scary thought, but he’s not exactly a stud, and Jason Garrett is already on the record as basically saying that Jenkins isn’t getting a raise anytime soon.  So there’s good news and bad news here.  The good news is that there’s no fear of losing a star player next offseason.  The bad news is that your starting lineup is very flawed.

Redskins
Lorenzo Alexander, LB Graham Gano, K
Anthony Armstrong, WR Cedric Griffin, CB
Chris Baker, DT Rex Grossman, QB
Kentwan Balmer, DE Rob Jackson, LB
Brandon Banks, WR Nevin McCaskill, OT
Kevin Barnes, CB Logan Paulsen, TE
John Beck, QB Tyler Polumbus, OT
Travon Bellamy, CB Richard Quinn, TE
Jonathan Crompton, QB Aldrick Robinson, WR
Fred Davis, TE Evan Royster, RB
Tristan Davis, RB Nick Sundberg, LS
Jabar Gaffney, WR Darrel Young, FB

The only real established player here that the team should be concerned about is Fred Davis, who the team franchise tagged this season.  I think Fred Davis is one of the more underrated players in the game, and perhaps the Redskins’ biggest threat on offense.  They can’t lose him.

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  11. AustonianAggie says:

    how the heck is Isaiah Stanback still in the NFL?

  12. Anders says:

    I hope they can lock down McCoy before the season starts and can lock down DRC around week 10-12.

    I also hope Dixon plays well enough to earn an extension, because that means we have semi great depth at the DT position for years to come

  13. Immynimmy says:

    I will be borderline depressed of Colt Anderson isn’t re-signed.

    1. Euler.is.a.pimp says:

      I’d like to see how healthy he looks this season first.

  14. Tracer Bullet says:

    I disagree a bit about CROM. He was terrible in the slot, but as good or better than Samuel on the outside. Part of that is because he got to face some really bad QBs while Samuel was out at the end of the season but I think I’d rather give him a new contract now, knowing that Shady HAS to get tagged if they can’t get a new deal. There’s no clear successor on the roster and CBs cost a lot more than RBs.

    1. I agree there, but I don’t think the Eagles will play it that way.

      For the sake of playing the opposing side, however, there’s some value in making a player “earn it” though, too. If you hold off, maybe you get max effort out of him during the offseason.

      1. Tracer Bullet says:

        (Just to continue the conversation) Sure, but you leave yourself with two hugely important contract negotiations and DRC would have every incentive to play hardball. Do you really want to exceed the $50 million Carr got from Dallas on your #2 CB?

        1. (Continuing hypothetical conversation forward) Yes, but if you’re going to shell out that kind of money to keep him, you’ll at least know at that point whether he’s worth it or not. Re-upping him now would likely still require a rather large investment, maybe not $50M level, but probably not all that far off though, either. Then again, if the best case scenario plays out and he’s a Pro Bowl level player, he’ll make a lot more than what Brandon Carr just made.

          Hmmm… That leads to an interesting question. What would the market have been for DRC if he were a FA this season. I bet he would have been the top CB target.

          1. Tracer Bullet says:

            My guess is he’d be the top target next season too. He’ll be 26 when FA opens and even though, presumably, he’d be coming off two subpar seasons, it would be easy enough to put the blame on Castillo for that. Could he command $60 million? Would the Eagles come off that kind of cash? I doubt it unless they trust Marsh/Lindley/Hughes/2012 draft pick/etc. enough to dump Asomugha.

            1. Anders says:

              If he have a subpar season next year, he will have played 4 subpar seasons in a row.

              1. Shaun says:

                Uh….no DRC had great rookie and 2nd yr seasons (10 INTs, 3 FF, 2 TDs) He even had a “decent” 3rd year (3 ints) but up and down play. This past season however, he struggled due to- 1. new scheme 2. new position 3. lack of consistancy as a whole on the defense. Lets see where he is by say, week 7 or 8 then go from there

      2. Mastermind says:

        Jimmy, the only player on that list that is a true starter is m.jenkins….. coleman, pool and spencer are all stop gaps, they will be cut and upgraded or replaced by a younger hungrier player. Garrett has the team in a purge mode using the draft to reload. Garrett has done an awesome job locking up all the players he sees as true contributors. To be honest not a single player on that list is an impact player. I know ur an eagles fan, but why the doom and gloom about the boys every time u get a chance. I love this website because u get good news posted quickly. But come on man!!!! Its blogging the beast….not bleeding green nation.

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