Cowboys owner Jerry Jones won executive of the year because he stepped aside and let Will McClay, Jason Garrett, Stephen Jones, and his staff make most of his decisions, Bob Sturm of The Dallas Morning News writes. That notion might make some people roll their eyes, but you can’t argue with the results. More from the AFC and NFC East..
- Nick Foles hears the trade talk, but he believes he’ll be with the Eagles in 2015, writes Eliot Shorr-Parks of the Star-Ledger. “Yeah you hear about it,” Foles said. “You are going to hear about it every single year. That’s just part of it. The main word is ‘rumor.’ You can’t put too much into it….I plan on being in Philly.”
- Safety Jimmy Wilson, an unrestricted free agent, brings a lot to the Dolphins due to his versatility, James Walker of ESPN.com writes. Wilson developed in the Dolphins’ system and they know his value better than outside teams and Walker expects Miami to make a solid push to bring him back next season. Wilson started seven games at safety due to injury (Louis Delmas) and suspension (Reshad Jones) and six as the team’s nickel cornerback, which is a valuable position in Miami’s defense.
- Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers are gearing up for the Super Bowl, but they would be watching it from their respective homes had they not landed with the Patriots via trades in 2014, writes Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com. Ayers was acquired by the Patriots on October 22 from the Titans, and less than a week later, Casillas came over in another trade from the Bucs.