Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com views the Cowboys as one of the four teams likely to use their franchise tag this offseason, identifying Dez Bryant – rather than DeMarco Murray – as the probable recipient. According to La Canfora, there is “trepidation” within the Cowboys’ front office about putting a ton of guaranteed money on the table for the star wideout, given his off-field history.
While La Canfora doesn’t include the Giants among the four clubs likely to use the franchise or transition tag this winter, he thinks the club will at least consider tagging Jason Pierre-Paul. However, he doesn’t see it happening since JPP has been streaky, and hasn’t always been able to stay on the field. The Giants don’t make use of their franchise tag too often, but Dan Graziano of ESPN.com believes it might be the best course of action for their standout defensive end.
Here’s more from around the NFC East:
- An agent tells Mark Eckel of NJ.com that he expects Chip Kelly and the Eagles to have interest in Jake Locker this winter in free agency. Philadelphia will be in the market for a signal-caller if the team decides not to bring back Mark Sanchez.
- Pierre Garcon‘s numbers took a hit in 2014 as DeSean Jackson cut into his targets and Washington’s quarterback situation deteriorated. Now, with Garcon on the books for the team’s second-largest 2015 cap hit, Mike Jones of the Washington Post examines how the wideout factors into Washington’s plans going forward.
- ESPN.com’s John Keim takes a look at a few other contract situations in Washington, as salary guarantee dates inch closer for wideout Andre Roberts, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall.