Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Breakfast links: RG III must be '100 percent'
By Dan Graziano
PHOENIX -- Good morning again from the desert, where it's 5 a.m. and I may be sleeping while you read this. Can't say officially. Anyway, it's AFC coaches' breakfast day today at the NFL owners' meetings, which means most of the juicy stuff in our division is still a day away. But we'll have plenty, I promise, and it starts as always with a big plate of links.
The Redskins continue to work on re-signing tight end Fred Davis (and third-string quarterback Rex Grossman, in case you're wondering), but to this point have not been able to come to terms. Since they likely need to clear more cap room in order to fit Davis under the cap, keep an eye out for news on potential restructures. That could portend a signing, maybe.
Mike Shanahan says he won't put Robert Griffin III into a game until he's 100 percent recovered from his knee surgery, and that the Redskins are planning for backup Kirk Cousins to take the first-team reps in preseason. An abundance of caution is completely the way to go in this case.
New York Giants
The biggest difference on the Giants' defense next year could turn out to be up front, where the starting ends might do less rotating in and out of position than they did in years past.
With David Carr looking for work on the free-agent market, the Giants need a backup quarterback for Eli Manning and expressed interest in recently released veteran Matt Hasselbeck, though it appears he'll end up in Indianapolis.
Stephen Jones revealed in a lobby session with the media Monday that the Cowboys had re-signed linebacker Ernie Sims, but of greater interest to fans may be that he said Kyle Wilber would be the starting strongside linebacker as of today.
The Cowboys are one of the candidates to play in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame game this year in Canton, Ohio. Traditionally, that's an extra preseason game, which would mean the Cowboys (and their opponent) would play five instead of the usual four.
Jeffrey Lurie said the reason he went on last week's scouting trip to West Virginia to see quarterback Geno Smith was because the decision about whether to pick a quarterback No. 4 overall -- whether they actually do it or not -- is a huge one and the owner needs to be involved. Said the last one he remembered going on was to see Donovan McNabb, which he said was the last time his team had a "lottery pick."
Reuben Frank has the contract details on the Eagles' recent free-agent signings and a rundown of the team's financial and salary cap state at this point in the offseason.