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NFC East Intel: 3.9.15

On today's edition of NFC East Intel, we look at the Eagles' pending signing, the Giants pursuing Roy Helu Jr. and DeMarco Murray's value being more than the Cowboys can afford.

Philadelphia Eagles

Headline:Frank Gore To Sign With The Eagles


During the legal tampering period it was announced that the Eagles plans to sign longtime 49ers running back Gore to a deal per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

What this means for the Redskins: It will be interesting to see how the Eagles plan to use Gore as the replacement to LeSean McCoy.

Gore is a five-time Pro Bowler who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in eight of his 10 seasons. After appearing in a career-low 11 games during the 2010 season, the Miami product has rebounded recently by posting four straight 1,000 yard seasons as well.

For his career, Gore has accumulated 11,073 rushing yards and 64 touchdowns on 2,442 carries.

Unlike McCoy and new teammate Darren Sproles --  who are both known for their speed and elusiveness -- Gore is a powerful downfield runner.

Headline:Mark Sanchez Elects To Stay In Philadelphia

After some discussion about a possible change of scenery for the former first-round pick, Sanchez is staying put with the Eagles per’s Gregg Rosenthal.

What this means for the Redskins: While talks of taking Kelly's old Oregon quarterback, Marcus Mariota, float around, and Nick Foles is fully healed from a broken collar bone, Sanchez decided to remain with the Eagles.

In his first season with the Eagles in 2014, Sanchez showed he could command Kelly's up-temp offense, but also turned over the ball at a high rate, a problem throughout his career.

In nine games, Sanchez threw for 2,418 yards and 14 touchdowns along with 11 interceptions and three fumbles lost.

As the Eagles remain coy about their quarterback situation, they do at the very least have Sanchez in the fold once again.


Headline:Giants Possibly Pursuing Roy Helu Jr.


With the Giants looking to add to their running back corps,’s Jordan Raanan reports that the Giants have inquired about Helu Jr.

What this means for the Redskins:As he was cleaning out his locker following the conclusion of the 2014 season, Helu Jr. said he was "very excited" for the next step of his career, but admitted he wasn't sure if it would be the Redskins or not.

He is open to returning to the Redskins, but also has aspirations for a larger role and may not get that behind Alfred Morris who remains entrenched in the starting lineup.

As he tests free agent waters, the Giants appear interested.

During the NFL Combine, Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the team needed to add a versatile running back.

In four seasons with the Redskins, Helu Jr. recorded more receiving yards (1,152) than rushing yards (1,132).


Headline:Doug Free Will Remain In Dallas


While he was expected to garner a lot of interest in free agency from other teams, the longtime Dallas tackle is staying put according to

What this means for the Redskins:After appearing in just one game during his first two seasons with the Cowboys, Free became a mainstay in the Cowboys' lineup from 2009 to 2001, appear in 91 games with 82 starts.

From 2010-2013, the Northern Illinois product started all 64 regular-season games.

With his return to the lineup, the Cowboys now return all five starters on the offensive line from last season.

Headline:Will The Cowboys Be Able To Afford Keeping DeMarco Murray

After placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant instead of Murray, the Cowboys understood there's a chance the reigning NFL rushing king will leave for a new team. With the price tag for top-tier running backs growing, though,’s Jon Machota says the Cowboys may not be able to give Murray the same type of money other teams can.

What this means for the Redskins:With the Bills reportedly coming to an agreement with McCoy on a five-year, $40 million contract, Murray's asking price could be close to that if not more.

And the Cowboys may not be able to give that much to the two-time Pro Bowler.

In four seasons, Murray has recorded 4,526 yards and 28 touchdowns on 934 carries.




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