Thursday, March 7, 2013
Breakfast links: Eagles to stay aggressive
By Dan Graziano
Could Fred Davis' injury, combined with his ... um ... quirky off-field history combine to make him cheap enough for the Redskins to keep their dynamic tight end? John Keim examines the issue from many different angles. The one-year deal with incentives is one I hadn't heard yet, but it's certainly interesting.
The Redskins made official the hiring of former Chargers GM A.J. Smith as a senior executive. I don't see how it can hurt. Smith just adds another experienced and successful voice to a front office in which everyone understands that Mike Shanahan is the man in charge.
New York Giants
Ed Valentine has a name for you if the Giants decide to go sign a free-agent right tackle: Gosder Cherilus. Interesting, to be sure, but I kind of think the Giants are going to address right tackle internally. Just my hunch. We'll know more in a week.
We were joking Wednesday about how much press Tom Coughlin is doing for his new book, but we really haven't talked here about the book itself, which is not a book about football but rather an effort by a successful manager of people to impart some wisdom applicable to any discipline.
Defensive tackle is an area at which the Cowboys appear set with starters, but it's one at which everyone always needs depth -- especially when you're running a 4-3 defense, as the Cowboys will be now. Calvin's latest free agency analysis looks at where the Cowboys stand with regard to that part of their defensive line. Obviously, Josh Brent's situation limits their internal options. And Jay Ratliff hasn't been super-reliable of late. I imagine they'll beef up there.
Brandon Carr says he and the other Cowboys cornerbacks have been told they'll need to be more physical -- than they ever have been before, he says -- in the Cowboys' new defensive scheme.
Just because the 2011 free-agent blitz turned out to be a bust doesn't mean the Eagles won't be aggressive with their (so far) $33 million in salary cap room once free agency opens next week. And this is good. I don't know why fans are so convinced that just because Nnamdi Asomugha was a disappointment they should never sign another free agent again. You learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat them. You don't run scared.
Here is Zach Berman's case for why the Eagles should keep free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. And it's a good one. If you take away the bad taste Eagles fans have in their mouths about the last two years and actually size Rodgers-Cromartie up against the rest of the cornerback market, he looks pretty good. And if they cut Asomugha, as they seem certain to do, they'll need to find two starting corners. Just sayin, don't rule it out, is all.