Breer’s Latest: Garrett, Shanahan, Titans

As he does weekly, Albert Breer of has posted his latest column full of insights from around the NFL. Let’s dive in and take a look at the highlights:

  • Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will return for the 2016 season, team COO Stephen Jones told Breer on Tuesday. “He’s safe,” said Jones of Garrett. “Change isn’t always the right answer. We’re not big believers in it.” Despite Dallas’ poor record, the decision comes as no surprise, as the Cowboys’ struggles were largely due to the absence of quarterback Tony Romo.
  • Romo’s injuries only further signified the need for a stronger backup quarterback situation, and the Cowboys will certainly look at drafting a signal-caller with a high pick in next year’s draft. Jones was quick to caution that such a draft pick would be brought in to watch, rather than start immediately.
  • Former Broncos/Washington head coach Mike Shanahan could be an option for clubs with vacancies, according to Breer. Shanahan is 63 years old, which could force some teams to shy away, but he almost landed the 49ers gig last offseason. Additionally, now that Shanahan’s faith in Kirk Cousins seems to have been validated, clubs might show more interest.
  • Titans general manager Ruston Webster has a good relationship with Ed Marynowitz, the executive whom Chip Kelly selected to run the Eagles’ personnel department. Such a transitive connection could mean nothing, but it could also give Tennessee a leg up on securing Kelly’ services (to say nothing of the presence of quarterback Marcus Mariota).
  • Few in the Saints‘ organization know whether head coach Sean Payton intends to stick around, a source tells Breer. The club’s horrific cap situation could force them to part ways quarterback Drew Brees, a move that would portend a full-scale rebuild — something which Payton might not want to oversee.
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