East Notes: Schwartz, D. Jackson, Galette, Fins

After watching the Giants post 6-10 records for two consecutive seasons, Geoff Schwartz will be eyeing a contending team in free agency, the recently released offensive lineman told Sirius XM Radio (Twitter link).

I want to go to a winner. I’m tired of congratulating my friends on winning Super Bowls,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz probably won’t receive a four-year contract like he signed with the Giants two years ago, considering the guard/tackle has only played in 13 games the past two seasons,┬ábut the $4.2MM AAV on that deal may still be in the ballpark of what the 29-year-old Schwartz seeks. Pro Football Focus rated him as the league’s 20th-best guard last season, even though he only played 11 games.

Here’s more from around the NFL’s East divisions:

  • DeSean Jackson only has one year left on his contract with Washington, and the team would create nearly $7MM in cap savings by cutting him, but such a move doesn’t really makes sense, according to John Keim of ESPN.com. If anything, Keim writes, Washington should explore the possibility of tacking a couple more years onto Jackson’s deal.
  • Mike Jones of the Washington Post explores another contract situation in Washington, examining what sort of offer the club should make to pass rusher Junior Galette. According to Jones, people familiar with Galette’s thinking believe he might prefer a one-year pact in order to rebuild his value and land a big, multiyear contract a year from now. However, Galette also may be unwilling to sign another low-salary deal, preferring something in the range of $7-9MM. That could be too pricey for Washington, complicating negotiations.
  • James Walker of ESPN.com debates whether the Dolphins should take a rebuilding approach this offseason, or simply retool their roster and attempt to win now. Walker comes down in favor of a rebuild, arguing that quick fixes haven’t worked in Miami and that the team should recommit to building through the draft.

Sam Robinson contributed to this post.

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  1. Rory Parks

    I’ve been wondering why a number of writers have been talking about D-Jax as though he was certain to be cut. As Keim points out, cutting Jackson and/or Garcon would just mean Washington would have to replace them with another high-dollar free agent or gamble on a WR with a high draft pick, neither of which they can really afford to do.

  2. Sam Robinson

    Schwartz would be a good buy-low candidate for a contending team in need of immediate line help, which most teams are, seeing as how he’s been productive when healthy. This should generate interest. It was interesting the Giants choosing to move on from him considering the holes they have on the right side of their front.

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