The Eagles’ have been very active thus far in Free Agency. As fans we have dissected every move from every angle trying to see inside Chip’s thought process. Other than the DeMarco Murray signing relating to the Cowboys, we really haven’t had time to break down the other moves of our division counterparts. Let’s take a look what Redskins, Giants and Cowboys have done.
Redskins – They have made a lot of underrated moves to improve their defense. Signed as FA or UFA on the defensive side are: Jeron Johnson, Justin Rogers, Terrance Knighton, Chris Culliver, Stephen Paea and Ricky Jean – Francois. Out of all these moves, Jean – Francois and Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton lead the pack. I was surprised to see Knighton come this far east as I thought he would re-sign with Denver or sign with San Diego as Mike McCoy has ties to Denver. The Skins’ were stout against the run last year but having Knighton eat up the middle with Jean – Francois providing depth will free up Kerrigan and other pass rushers to tee off. It sounds like the Redskins are committed to RGIII (might be a bluff as they try to position themselves for a QB in this years draft). They already have a number of skill players and a solid running game. Solidifying the defense was a top priority.
Giants – The Giants have brought in a nice mix of players. None of these guys will blow you away but they are underrated solid players. Their first impactful move was giving Pierre – Paul the franchise tag. Personally, I’m not sure he’s worth all that money but they didn’t want to let him walk and they get to see how he holds up for another year before investing long term. Pass Rushers receive premium value on the open market. If they let him walk there was a good chance he could have ended up in Dallas. They also signed Shane Vereen, George Selvie and Kenrick Ellis. Ellis will give them a nice presence on the DL and Vereen will provide a solid running game they haven’t had in a while. Since Tiki retired they have tried replacing him a number of times. The Giants invested some money in their own guys as they have resigned: Daniel Fells, Chykie Brown, John Jerry, Chris Ogbonnaya, Mark Herzlich and Henry Hynoski. Overall the Giants will be much better in 2015.
Cowboys – Dez Bryant comes back on the Franchise Tag and he’s not happy about it. He was expecting to cash in big time off of his outstanding season. It’s only a matter of time until he does. I fully expect him to be back in Dallas long term. Doug Free and Cole Beasley were resigned after productive seasons as well. New to the Cowboys this year are FBs Ray Agnew, Jed Collins, LBs Jasper Brinkley, Andrew Gachkar and most notably pass rusher Greg Hardy. The break down of this contract is interesting because it’s basically a game to game lease. A smart move by the Cowboys as this covers them if he is suspended. He only will received compensation if he dresses and plays for the Cowboys. Darren McFadden was brought in as a RB. I expect Dallas to draft a RB somewhere in the first half of this draft to help replace Murray. McFadden has been more known for his injury issues than play on the field. If Dallas wants to sustain the momentum of last season they will need a solid running game.
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