Friday, February 10, 2012
NFC East links: Victor Cruz eyes pay raise
By ESPN.com staff
ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon breaks down the Cowboys' offensive line play last season and looks ahead to what might be in store in 2012.
The Cowboys haven't done particularly well drafting linebackers in the past decade -- with DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee being the notable exceptions.
Is there a rift between owner Jerry Jones and former Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens?
New York Giants
After his breakout 2011 season, receiver Victor Cruz feels he's outplayed his current contract and now he's looking for a new deal. "Honestly, with what I did this year, statistically and the records and everything like that, obviously I feel like just looking at the top players in the league and looking at what I did this year, I feel like naturally there should be an increase in pay," Cruz said.
The Giants will be looking for tight end help this offseason. GM Jerry Reese said tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum will likely both start the 2012 season on the physically unable to perform list.
Free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress (45 catches, 612 yards, 8 TDs in 2011) expressed interest in coming south to join the Eagles.
New secondary coach Todd Bowles is intrigued by Philly's talented secondary. "You see a lot of athletes, you see some playmakers back there, and you see some guys that can hit, so you see potential," said Bowles. "You see potential, but you just have to bring it all together."
The Redskins need to resist the temptation to fill their hole at quarterback by chasing a short-term fix like Peyton Manning, argues the Washington Post's Jason Reid. Instead, Reid would like to see the Skins acquire Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
Meanwhile, Mike Jones makes a case for the Redskins to tab Kyle Orton as their quarterback.