Thursday, March 18, 2010
How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch
By Dan Graziano
Marcus Spears, Cowboys defensive end: If he signs his tender, he'll make less money in 2010 than two backups at defensive end, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher. The Cowboys only gave Spears a first-round tender and it doesn't look like they're interested in giving him a contract extension. If Spears had been an unrestricted free agent, I think he would've generated some interest on the open market. He actually played well for the Cowboys in 2010. But he's obviously discouraged at this point and I think the Cowboys would be willing to trade him for a third-round pick. Spears has been a solid presence in the locker room, but apparently Wade Phillips thinks that Bowen and Hatcher are about to surpass him. We'll continue to monitor Spears' situation throughout the offseason.
Howie Roseman, new Eagles' general manager: I think it was smart to lock up fullback Leonard Weaver and wide receiver Jason Avant early in free agency. Why take a chance on someone trying to sign them to an offer sheet. I also think that Saints restricted free agent Mike Bell could be an excellent change-of-pace back to LeSean McCoy. The Eagles need someone who can convert in goal-line situations. The Super Bowl aside, Bell has been a solid runner at the goal-line and he could help the Eagles in other short-yardage situations. I also think Marlin Jackson was a good risk at free safety. He's a 26-year-old player coming off an ACL injury. There's certainly a risk involved, but he'll end up being a steal if he can restore order to the position opposite Quintin Mikell. And no matter who made the decision, it was time to move on without former Pro Bowler Shawn Andrews. Now we'll continue the quarterback watch. If the right deal comes along, I think Roseman will want to take a long look. With Andy Reid having final say, it's hard to know who's pulling the trigger on these deals. But from what I'm hearing, Roseman's been very assertive in his new role.