East Notes: Cowboys, Goff, Bills, Jets, Pats

The blockbuster Rams/Titans trade involving the first overall pick will have an impact on several of the teams picking after Los Angeles, and the owner of one of those clubs acknowledged as much. As Todd Archer of ESPN.com writes, the Cowboys, who pick at No. 4, may have to prepare for a different set of players to be available in the wake of the trade.

“Well, I don’t want to make any assumptions, but yeah, it does impact because that kind of movement up ahead of you in a lot of different ways it took a lot of the consideration out of the marketplace,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “If you think draft picks are consideration, then it is. It certainly made a difference below that No. 1 pick as to what might be available trading or in terms of making a decision with a player. It took two commodities out. It took picks, it took a player.”

As Archer details in a separate story, the Cowboys’ brass is headed to the Bay Area for a private workout with Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who may or may not be available at No. 4 — it’s possible Goff could be the Rams’ target at No. 1, but if L.A. opts for Carson Wentz and the Browns don’t select a quarterback, Goff would likely be on the board when Dallas picks. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the Cowboys prefer to target their QB of the future or a top defensive player.

Here are a few more Friday morning updates from out of the NFL’s East divisions:

  • The Bills continue to eye defensive prospects, having brought in Georgia pass rusher Leonard Floyd for a visit, per Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News. Floyd, a probable first-round pick, arrived in Buffalo on Thursday and will continue his visit with the team on Friday.
  • Rich Cimini of ESPN.com (on Twitter) has the details on wide receiver/kick returner Jeremy Ross‘ one-year deal with the Jets. The minimum salary pact has a total value of $840K, with a $50K signing bonus plus a $30K roster bonus if Ross is on the 53-man roster.
  • Mike Reiss of ESPN.com explains why the Patriots waived running back Tyler Gaffney earlier this week, only to sign him back to their roster three days later.
  • East Carolina tight end Bryce Williams says he had a workout with the Patriots, as Tyler Dunne tweets. The Pats, of course, already have Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett at tight end.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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  1. Z-A

    If Tunsil is sitting there at 4, can the Cowboys pass on him? It’s not a real need, their OL is stacked, but Free is only under contract through 2017. BR ranked him as 7th best RT last year. 4th overall pick is slated to make 4yr 20M so the cost is the same as Free. You’d have to figure Free’s lower cap figure and 2 years of control would make him worth at least a 3rd round pick or a player in return. Jets, Bills, Colts, Packers are all teams looking for a RT. Clady’s cap figure was 4.5 M above Free’s for reference, and he’s viewed as a bottom 3rd tier LT who missed all of last season, whereas Free is pretty much a stud RT that’s 32 – age being the issue.

    • GeauxRangers

      It’s definitely something I’m sure they have considered doing. I see him going to the Chargers though. Even if he is there I would rather have Jack because of Tunsil’s character concerns and the fact that we have a solid starter there already.


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