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Need to Know: Enemy intel—Golden handcuffs for Murray in Philly

Mar 6, 2016, 6:22 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 6, three days before the start of NFL free agency.

Enemy Intel: A look around the NFC East and more

Some nuggets from around the NFC East plus another team on the Redskins’ 2016 schedule.

—It looks like DeMarco Murray has a pair of golden handcuffs that will keep him with the Eagles this year. Everyone knew that Murray was not happy during a 2015 season that saw his rushing production drop from by over 50 percent, from 1,845 yards in 2014 to 702 last year. But Howie Roseman, the Eagles’ head of football operations, told PFT that he had not heard from Murray about any discontent. Perhaps that is because there is no realistic path out of Philadelphia for Murray. The Eagles aren’t going to cut him and incur an $18 million cap hit. Philadelphia could handle a trade financially but no team is going to deal for a contract that carries $9 million in guarantees the next two years. So Murray would have to take less money, perhaps a lot less, to leave. The best bet is that he will be there for both Eagles-Redskins games next year.

—After breaking his left collarbone twice during the past season Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will undergo something called a Mumford procedure to try to keep it from injuring it again. That involves (ouch!) shaving down part of the bone. He will have the procedure this week. The recovery time is 6-8 weeks, which means that Romo will miss the team’s offseason workouts and perhaps even the beginning of OTAs. That’s not a big deal for Romo, who knows his way around the offense pretty well. In fact, with the Cowboys likely to have at least one new backup on the roster and maybe two and Romo’s absence will give them a chance to get more work.

—Here is a prediction. The Giants have almost $60 million in salary cap space, by far the most in the division. They will be in the mix for virtually every big-name free agent on the market and they will sign more than their share of players like Eric Weddle, Olivier Vernon, Malik Jackson, and Danny Trevathian. The various analysts will look at the “improvements” and immediately declare the Giants to be among the favorites to win the NFC East. But they will be mistaking changes for improvements. A Giants beat writer looked at the top 10 free agents signed in each of the last three years. Of those 30 player signings only 12 were successful. So while New York might have some success there is no more reason to think that an influx of free agents will help them any more than similar free agent sprees like the Eagles’ “Dream Team” in 2011 or Redskins teams from many years past proved to be a boon for their win totals.

Alfred Morris said farewell to the Redskins organization and the fans even though it’s not 100 percent that he is leaving. In an Instagram post Morris said, “No matter what happens I will always be apart of #RedskinsNation and a special thanks to all the fans and their abundance of love, support, and loyalty y’all make this game what is #HTTR.” While the door is not closed to him returning to Washington it seems that he would be best served with a change of scenery and a place in an offense that is more suited to what he does well.

—Joe Flacco did a deal that created $6 million in cap space for the Ravens. Now, after his contract extension he wants to help them spend it. “The one thing is I would say we need to get our O-line solidified, see who’s going to be there for sure,” Flacco told PFT Live. He almost certainly has his eyes on guard Kelechi Osemele, who is set to become a free agent on Wednesday. Osemele also played some left tackle in a pinch for the Ravens last year and retaining him is the Ravens’ top offseason priority. Flacco wants him around to ensure that he will be standing when the Redskins play the Ravens this seasons.


—The Redskins last played a game 56 days ago. It will be about 189 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 3; Redskins offseason workouts start 43; 2016 NFL draft 53

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 6, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    DeMarco Murray can thank the Cowboys’ offensive line for making him a rich man.

  2. hail74 - Mar 6, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Eli Manning is a decent QB but makes over 20 mil/year, something that a few on here will tell you prevents you from building a great team. Guess we have nothing to worry about from them then.

    • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2016 at 9:26 AM

      To emphasize your point. The Giants have almost $60 million in cap space with Eli Manning costing $24.8 million this year and they have $9.7 million in dead money. Cap killers.

    • Tom - Mar 6, 2016 at 9:32 AM

      That’s “Decent QB” also has 2 super bowl rings. Of all the quarterbacks in the NFL making 20+ million a season, he’s one that deserves it.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Mar 6, 2016 at 2:13 PM

        I agree! We’re talking about the QB that beat possibly the best team of all time in the biggest game. Eli, does have a tendency to under perform but he is also capable of great performances against great teams. He lacks consistency to make him among the true elites like Brady and Rogers. However is better than just a “decent” grade. That just “decent” talk could get you hurt in some parts of New York.

        • hail74 - Mar 6, 2016 at 4:24 PM

          That decent QB was the beneficiary of a complete team and hardly the reason they won two bowls with him behind the helm. Better than most but hardly spectacular.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Mar 6, 2016 at 5:07 PM

          Eli is a second tier QB in the NFL. I just don’t think that’s where you consider decent QBs. Those SBs he had some critical drives. No way Eli wasn’t a factor in those playoff and SB wins. Sure their pass rush was a major factor as well but those wins don’t happen without Eli’s performance in those games.

  3. berniebernard666 - Mar 6, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    I think some of you Giants fans need football 101. Fact: Since Manning signed his 100 million dollar contract NY hasn’t won a SB and is struggling to even find relevance. the REASON that the Giants have so MUCH Cap space is because the Giants have so LITTLE talent. Sure you can have a 20 million dollar QB but it doesn;t allow much more so they have hired cheap talent, and carried over CAP space from the previous year.

    So now spend the CAP money. Here’s the hard part. Ya still have to find talent…and its expensive to just try. And once you spend it…then you are right back to where you began. Very little cap space.

    • hail74 - Mar 6, 2016 at 4:41 PM

      Poor drafting and strahan retiring are more cause for their struggles than Eli’s contract. That and the fact they weren’t that special even then. They go 9-7 but got hot at just the right time to win the SB. Peyton’s cap hit was 17.5 and they were fine. Carolina had Charles Johnson last year at over 20mil and they were fine. Wilson’s cap number will be 18 this year, how will they do? All three of those teams are successful because of their defense and were able to build one just fine despite having someone with a large cap hit. If you pay one guy 20 mil that means you still have 130 mil for the rest. Factor in draft picks usually sign a four year low paying contract and a few vet minimum contracts and that’s a lot of money to spread around. You just have to draft well and avoid large FA contracts that have a bust rate better than 50% according to Rich’s tweet.

  4. lezziemcdykerson - Mar 6, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Basically the Giants can be the Redskins of the division. Sans the multi ring QB. The Eagles had their turn with Dream Team, nice to see we’re sharing the love. Hopefully we can count on them for a few more years of dysfunction. You figure new head coach and basically a brand new team through the draft and free agency(a healthy Victor Cruz could ruin all of this), NY should be a mess. That’s not even counting that the GM is on his way out if they have another bad year maybe the new GM brings in a new coach after one year with McAdoo. Crazier things have happened. Wondering how shaving a bone makes it less susceptible to injury. You’d think a frailer collarbone would be easier to break. Not that I care about Rooms health.

  5. bowlregard - Mar 6, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Roseman says Murray hasn’t complained. Why should he? His beef was with Kelly. Time to give the new coach a chance. And after all, it’s clear the Eagle’s brass understands they need to shore up the OL.

    I can’t imagine things going well for Romo. He can’t put plates everywhere. Archives

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