Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Breakfast links: Romo deal getting closer?
By Dan Graziano
PHOENIX -- Big morning here at the NFL owners meetings. It's the NFC coaches' breakfast, which means each of our division's four coaches will be available for an hour this morning here at the Arizona Biltmore. Only problem is that the availability is simultaneous. So I'm going to do what I did last year and spend exactly 15 minutes at each NFC East coach's table. It's only fair. I'll update you on the interesting stuff I learn. Meantime, have some links.
Jerry Jones says he's not concerned about the length of time it's taking to complete the long-term deal with quarterback Tony Romo, and that he expects it to be done soon.
The Cowboys will get an early start on training camp because they're playing in the Aug. 4 Hall of Fame game, and Jason Garrett thinks that will help the team with the transition from a 3-4 defense to Monte Kiffin's 4-3.
New York Giants
John Mara thinks the most important thing for the Giants to improve in this coming season is play on the lines -- offensive and defensive. They've already addressed the defensive line with Cullen Jenkins, but it remains to be seen how they will structure their offensive line for the 2013 season and beyond.
What's Victor Cruz doing while he and the Giants work on resolving his long-term contract situation? He's bopping around Jersey City schools talking to kids about the important stuff.
Jeff McLane runs down seven candidates the Eagles might take with the No. 4 pick in the draft next month. The most intriguing continues to be West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
The former coach of new Eagles Connor Barwin and James Casey says he was upset to see those two players leave the Houston Texans as free agents.
The Redskins continue to hope to reach a new deal with tight end Fred Davis, but they like having depth at the tight end position, and Bruce Allen tells Rich Campbell that Chris Cooley is still an option if he doesn't find work elsewhere.
John Keim has a story on the remarkable toughness of new Redskins tackle Tony Pashos, who played the 2011 season with a torn tendon in his foot.