Thursday, February 7, 2013
Breakfast links: DeSean Jackson, rapper
By Dan Graziano
He's missed so much time the last two years that it's easy to forget how valuable Brian Orakpo is. But the Redskins' 3-4 defense is built on the idea of bookend pass-rushers at outside linebacker, and Ryan Kerrigan can't do it alone. The Redskins likely will work to lock up Orakpo long-term this offseason.
The Redskins may have to look at internal options in the return game, and it's possible Richard Crawford could be the long-term answer as a punt returner.
New York Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw says he's left the door open to returning to the Giants at a lower salary, and generally handled his release with class, which was no surprise. A return is unlikely, though, since the Giants appear to be moving on at the position and Bradshaw is likely to find a market for his services elsewhere once he's recovered from his most recent foot surgery.
There was no love lost between Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan in their playing days, and Sapp took a couple of shots at Strahan, whom he beat out for first-ballot Hall of Fame selection last weekend.
If the Cowboys cannot bring back Anthony Spencer, which is possible due to their salary-cap concerns, there's a chance Spencer could reunite with former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in New Orleans.
Nick Eatman doesn't expect the Cowboys to do much of anything in free agency this offseason, and the truth is they likely can't. Which is why I think this year's Cowboys draft has to be much more tightly focused on filling immediate needs than last year's was.
It is more than fair to say that the signing of Demetress Bell did not work out for the Eagles, who believed he fit the profile of a good Jason Peters replacement when they signed him in the wake of Peters' season-ending injury last summer. Whether Peters gets back for the start of the season or not, the Eagles are through with Bell.
DeSean Jackson is indeed serious about making rap music, and you can read all about it here in this story from ESPN the Magazine's music issue.