Monday, March 18, 2013
Breakfast links: What will meetings bring?
By Dan Graziano
PHOENIX -- Yeah, I mean, sorry. Just not a lot going on in our division last night when I got here. Saw the New York Giants' owners and coach, the Philadelphia Eagles' owner and general manager, and the Washington Redskins coach, but not to do anything but exchange pleasantries and try to make plans to talk more over the next couple of days. I will of course keep you posted. Meantime, here are some links while I wait for the sun to rise here in the desert.
Rich Campbell wonders if the Redskins' resentment over the salary cap penalties that are still affecting them will affect the atmosphere of this year's meetings. That link also has a primer on the Redskins' remaining business, which is to say almost all of their business.
Penalty or no penalty, the Redskins still need to find a starting free safety on a dwindling market. Tarik El-Bashir has some of the remaining available names here.
New York Giants
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said in the lobby Sunday afternoon that he expected Victor Cruz to get more money than the $6 million per year veteran slot receiver Wes Welker got from the Broncos. Tisch also said he's concerned about the possibility of a team signing Cruz to an offer sheet and stealing him away. Ralph Vacchiano writes that the Giants were right to take that risk with Cruz, since that possibility is extremely unlikely and it sounds as though the Giants might match anyway.
Also, after tweeting excitedly about his team's impending plans to sign a wide receiver, Colts owner Jim Irsay told anyone who'd listen that the receiver in question was not Cruz. So you can exhale on that if you like.
Calvin Watkins has your Cowboys-themed owners meetings primer, and it does continue to seem as though the extent to which the Cowboys can operate in the coming weeks and months is tied directly to their ability to work out this contract extension with quarterback Tony Romo.
Randy Galloway takes the position that a lack of cap space might actually be a good thing for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys at this dangerous time of year.
Tim McManus did a reset on the Eagles' defense and how all of the pieces fit now that they've signed so many... well, new pieces.
This storyline isn't going anywhere anytime soon: As they continue to fill needs via free agency, might the Eagles be setting themselves up to take West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 4 pick in next month's draft? It's not a terrible idea, if they think Smith has the tools to be their quarterback of the future.