East Links: Giants, Murray, Eagles, Dolphins

As we heard last night, the Giants are expected to officially finalize their deal with former Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman Brett Jones at some point this week, and Jordan Raanan of NJ.com breaks down five things Giants fans should know about the CFL’s 2014 Offensive Lineman of the Year.

As of today, NFL teams can formally sign CFL players whose contracts with their 2014 teams have expired, so Jones likely won’t be the last player making the move south this week. Cornerback Delvin Breaux, wide receiver Duron Carter, and offensive lineman Ben Heenan are among the players who were released from their CFL contracts early and have already reached agreements with NFL teams.

Let’s round up a few more notes from around the league’s two East divisions….

  • Lee Singer of ESPN.com lays out several reasons why the Cowboys should be careful when it comes to negotiating with free agent running back DeMarco Murray this offseason. Singer touches on the oft-repeated points related to Murray’s workload and the devaluation of the running back position, and also points out that the Cowboys have some internal candidates who could step up if they don’t re-sign Murray or bring in a veteran replacement.
  • Re-signing Jeremy Maclin should be a top priority for the Eagles this winter, but coming to an agreement with the wideout may not be easy, says Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com in his preview of the club’s offseason. It may also be in Philadelphia’s best interest to bring back quarterback Mark Sanchez, in Fitzgerald’s view.
  • Fitzgerald also takes a closer look at the contract extension that Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins may or may not be discussing, suggesting that – if it happens – it would be a deal that would benefit both sides.
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