With another busy week in the books, let's take a look at the NFC East to see what Big Blue's rivals are up to through our SB Nation NFL affiliates.
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Washington is placing either a franchise or transition tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, who stepped in as the full-time starter this season in place of Robert Griffin III. Schefter added that the team is also discussing trading Griffin with at least two teams. However, Griffin controls the trading process because he has the ability to sign off on any deal. Stay tuned.
After a 4-12 season and not one, but two suffered broken clavicle injuries to 35-year-old quarterback, Tony Romo, the Cowboys could be looking for the next heir to the throne to succeed Romo, who will reportedly have surgery on his collarbone. Our friends at Blogging the Boys argue that it would be much wiser to draft a quarterback later in the draft who could be developed, such as former Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg or former Mississippi State star Dak Prescott, and use their early selections on players that could contribute immediately.
The Cowboys vice president does not believe building a team through free agency is the best way to put a team together. Jones particularly tries to avoid overpaying players on the market. Here's what he had to say about it at the NFL Scouting Combine:
"I’m not a big fan of free agency; I’ll be the first to admit it," Jones told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Unfortunately, good players get paid like they’re great players, average players get paid like they’re good players and it’s a domino effect. It’s not a great way to put your team together."
It's still very early before the 2016 season starts, but that doesn't deter Las Vegas-based sports book CG Technologies from posting their season win projections for 2016. The Cowboys, who finished 4-12 in 2015, are favored to win the NFC East, with an over/under of 9.0 wins. The Giants are bunched together with the Eagles and Redskins, each at an over/under of 7.5 wins for the 2016 season. New York is slated to have the easiest strength of schedule slate of all NFC East teams in 2016.
Chip Kelly, former head coach of Philadelphia Eagles and current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, shared an interesting quote amid rumors that his quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, wants to be traded.
Former All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray is reportedly not feeling the love in the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles may be interested in trading him after Murray averaged only 3.6 yards per carry (41st among all qualified running backs). However, Murray has a $13 million cap hit for 2016, so moving he and his expensive contract could be a tricky predicament for the Eagles.
Bleeding Green Nation takes a look at seven Kansas City Chiefs who will be free agents that could follow Doug Pederson, the former offensive coordinator who is now the Eagles head coach, to Philadelphia. The Eagles could be in the hunt for secondary pieces, such as Eric Berry or Sean Smith.
With RG3 not expected to return to the nation's capital next season, Hogs Haven takes a look at what could have been with the draft picks Washington traded away to select Griffin in the 2012 NFL Draft. In this scenario, the team is still coached by Mike Shanahan and is building the offense around Texas A&M product Ryan Tannehill.
The Audible sat with Hall of Fame fullback John Riggins, also known as "The Diesel" to talk things, not about football. However, the topics of discussion did cover Joe Jacoby, a former Redskins offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl champion, who once again was passed over for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jackson, a free agent defensive tackle who spent 2015 with the Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos, is expected to procure a pretty penny this offseason on the free agent market. According to reports, the Redskins may not have the budget to make a run at Jackson. In case you missed it, here's a preview about what Jackson could add to the Giants defense.
Each blog has put together NFL Draft profiles of some of the top prospects in this year's installment. Here are some of the most recent ones that you should check out.
Blogging the Boys takes a look at Division II pass rushing standout Matt Judon of Grand Valley State, who could potentially be a late-round gem.
Bleeding Green Nation has a draft profile of former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams, who progressively played better during the 2015 season and stood out at the East-West Shrine Game.
Hogs Haven has draft previews of former USC linebacker Su'a Cravens, as well as wide receivers Sterling Shepard, formerly of Oklahoma, Charone Peake, formerly of Clemson, and De'Runnya Wilson, formerly of Mississippi State.