NFC East Notes: Mathis, JPP, Cowboys

Former Giants running back David Wilson significantly improved his performance in the triple jump but still fell short of the qualifying standard for the U.S. championships, as The Associated Press writes. The former first-round draft pick had to retire from the NFL after two seasons due to a neck injury but is now trying to reinvent himself as a track and field athlete. While he has fallen short of nationals on this go ’round, he could still have future opportunities as he’s only 24 years of age. Here’s a glance at the NFC East..

  • Jordan Raanan of The Star-Ledger spoke with a league executive, an agent, and a cap guru to try and ascertain Evan Mathis‘ value on the open market. The exec guessed that the former Eagles lineman could fetch a one-year deal worth $3-$3.5MM with incentives to reach $5MM. The cap expert said he could get $14-17MM over three years with $6-8MM guaranteed. The agent, meanwhile, said a one-year deal worth $3-4MM with incentives to reach $5.5MM would make sense. If those estimates are right, then the guard likely miscalculated his market by pushing his way out of Philadelphia.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul is right to stay away from the Giants‘ minicamp, Dan Graziano of writes. Until JPP reaches truly unrestricted free agency, the only leverage he has is the threat of not playing. Not only could JPP conceivably scare the Giants into giving him the long-term deal he seeks, but he’s also avoiding injury that could weaken his value. Earlier today, we learned that JPP, Dez Bryant, and Justin Houston are abstaining from their respective minicamps.
  • While the Cowboys still have their share of high-priced talent, they have shown a great deal of fiscal constraint the last two seasons, Jason Fitzgerald of the Sporting News writes. Finally, Dallas has climbed out of its salary cap hole and their days of overpaying superstar talent seem to be drawing to a close. Years ago, they abandoned all reason when they splurged on the likes of Roy Williams and Miles Austin. Now, they’re taking a much more reasonable approach with Bryant.
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