On this week's edition of NFC East Intel, we take a look at the Eagles' possible draft plans, what's next for Jason Pierre-Paul and Dez Bryant's future in Dallas.
*On this week's edition of NFC East Intel, we take a look at the Eagles' possible draft plans, what's next for Jason Pierre-Paul and Dez Bryant's future in Dallas. *
Headline:Eagles May Look To Wide Receiver In Deep NFL Draft
While the Eagles have some younger weapons at wideout, such as Jordan Matthews, that appear ready to take the next step in head coach Chip Kelly's offense, they may look to draft a wide receiver at some point in this year's NFL Draft.
What this means for the Redskins: Matthews excelled in his first NFL season, mostly from the slot, hauling in 67 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns. Between Week 9 and Week 11, the Vanderbilt product recorded 15 receptions for 285 yards and four touchdowns.
He may be counted on even more during the 2015 season, though, as uncertainty looms over Jeremy Maclin's future with the Eagles.
And if he does don new team colors in 2015, the Eagles may look to the draft for replacements in Kelly's fast-paced offense.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. currently has seven wide receivers going in the first-round in his most recent mock draft.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Headline:Giants Appear Likely To Place Franchise Tag On Jason Pierre-Paul
Teams have until March 2 to place the franchise tag or transition tag on one of their players with an expiring contract. While several teams remain unsure of what they're going to do over the next two weeks, Jason Pierre-Paul has been on the Giants' radar for the franchise tag for quite some time now.
What this means for the Redskins:The discussion over Pierre-Paul's future in the Big Apple have been plenty in the last few months, and while some wondered if the Giants were going to retain him, it looks like he'll remain with the team that drafted him – at least for one more season.
The New York Post reports that the Giants are negotiating to keep Pierre-Paul on the roster with the non-exclusive franchise tag, which means another team can scoop him up but it'd cost them two first-round draft picks.
Pierre-Paul has had his share of ups and downs since coming into the NFL, as he's had seasons in which he's recorded double-digit sacks totals, but also those in which he's recorded less than seven sacks despite appearing in every game.
Still, he remains one of the Giants' cornerstones on defense.
Headline:Dez Bryant Could Also Be Playing With The Franchise Tag In 2015 And Beyond
Bryant's contract, along with running back DeMarco Murray's, is expiring, and the Cowboys are exploring options as to how they could possibly keep both. For Bryant, one option is the franchise tag not just this year, but in 2016 as well.
What this means for the Redskins: Bryant has proven over the last three seasons that he was worthy of being selected with the 24th-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, as he's recorded at least 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns during each campaign.
In turn, it also means that he may be in for a long-term contract. But, if the sides can't come together on a deal, the Cowboys may place the franchise tag on him this season.
And as ESPN's Todd Archer writes, "it is conceivable the Cowboys use it [the franchise tag] in 2016" if they still can't connect on a longer contract.