Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Breakfast links: Is Nnamdi next one out?
By Dan Graziano
Mike Jones has a look at Florida International safety Johnathan Cyprien, who could be a player the Redskins target with their first pick of April's draft. The Redskins don't have a first-round pick and don't pick until No. 51 overall, but the safety class this year is deep.
It appears as though former Chargers GM A.J. Smith will be joining the Redskins' front office in an advisory role. Never hurts to add experience, and Smith's Chargers teams won a lot of games.
New York Giants
The Giants cleared $1 million in cap space recently by restructuring Mathias Kiwanuka's deal to convert some base salary into signing bonus. Won't affect how much Kiwanuka gets paid, but it'll help the Giants as they work to maneuver around the cap.
Victor Cruz thought he'd have a new contract with the Giants by now, but he doesn't, and he seems a bit down about that. Cruz is a restricted free agent, and the Giants could tender him at a high enough level to ensure he doesn't go anywhere. But as we've discussed here many times, there is also fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and his contract to consider, and the Giants may try to lowball Cruz thinking they can replace their dynamic slot receiver if need be.
Could the Cowboys slide disappointing right tackle Doug Free over to guard? Jerry Jones says it's possible. Every scout I spoke with when this came up last year said one of Free's biggest problems was a lack of exceptional strength, and that that was likely to show up even more drastically if he were playing guard. So I don't know. I kind of doubt that's the answer.
Count Rick Gosselin among those who think the Cowboys should focus on the offensive line rather than the defensive line if presented with that choice come draft day.
As we discussed Monday after the release of two prominent defensive linemen, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha could be the next veteran to go in Philadelphia. His cap number is massive, and the Eagles have enough room under the cap right now that they could easily handle his $4 million in dead money if they cut him. I wonder if they'll try and get him to take a pay cut or just plain move on.
As the Eagles do look to rebuild that defensive line with younger players, keep an eye on Philadelphia native Sharrif Floyd, who could make an interesting pick for the Eagles at No. 4 in the draft.