• According to Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com, LeSean McCoy should have been a Cowboy. In the 2nd round of the 2009 draft, despite having a first round grade on McCoy, the Cowboys traded out because they thought they were set at RB with Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice. Oops. Here is what those three RBs have done compared to McCoy since the 2009 draft:
• ProFootballTalk doesn’t think Tony Romo should be doing the Cowboys any favors by taking a below market contract extension. I agree. The interesting quote from the piece came via Ross Tucker of Sirius:
As Ross Tucker explained last week on PFT Live, Romo instantly would become the league’s highest paid player if he were a free agent right now.
I’m not sure about all of that, but there’s no question he’d get an enormous contract from somebody.
• NFL.com Eliot Harrison released his All-Under-25 team. No RG3. The NFC East players that made it were Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, LeSean McCoy, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Trent Williams. There’s no way Tyron Smith should have made the team. I’ll take Matt Kalil’s 2012 over Smith’s in a heartbeat. Tyron Smith has all the talent and measurables in the world, but his actual play (while certainly not bad), has not matched his potential… yet. He has become a wildly overrated player.
• Mike Kaye of BGN took an interesting look at what positions NFL teams have drafted in the 1-5, 6-10, and 11-15 ranges, as well as the first round in general:
Not surprisingly, a lot of QBs, pass rushers, interior DL, and OTs.
• Roger Goodell made almost $30 million in 2011. I guess the owners were happy with the new CBA.
• Michael Vick’ salary cap number is apparently not $7 million in 2013, as originally thought. It’s essentially $12.2 million. Have I mentioned already that I didn’t like the Eagles’ decision to bring Vick back? Well I’d like to reiterate that here.
• Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News predicted that the Giants will not use their franchise tag on anybody this offseason. First, to clear something up quickly, the NFL no longer uses the “5 highest paid player at each position” formula. A better explanation of how it’s determined can be found here. The obvious candidates for the tag are Kenny Phillips and Will Beatty. I’ve also seen Martellus Bennett’s name thrown around a bit. Bennett, in my opinion, is very easily replaceable. There is no way the Giants should ever even casually entertain tagging Bennett for almost $6 million. A few weeks ago, I opined that the Giants should seriously consider the tag for Phillips, although I’ve since heard from a few people around the league that think his injuries are career debilitating. Beatty is the only option at his point, and if the Giants can’t get a long term deal worked out before free agency begins, it’s a no-brainer to lock him up via the tag.
• Charles Woodson is going to be released by the Packers, it appears. Woodson reportedly wants to play for a team that looks like it will be a serious contender to win the Super Bowl in 2013. Based on that initial requirement, I don’t think he’ll be coming to the NFC East.
• The Eagles will not be using their tag on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, per Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly:
That’s OK. DRC is not worth more than $10 million. However, if letting DRC walk means that the team has its sights set on restructuring Nnamdi Asomugha… Not on board.
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