NFC East Rumors: Manning, Redskins, Eagles

Eli Manning‘s future with the Giants remains uncertain, and Manning’s agent has yet to hear from the team about his status. While Tom Condon said (via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post) he believes Manning will be back with the Giants for his age-38 season, he has not spoken with team brass about this yet. Both parties are in Mobile, Ala., this week for the Senior Bowl, so a conversation could transpire regarding a Manning 16th season with New York. The Giants have also not expressed any public desire to ask for a Manning pay cut, per Schwartz. The two-time Super Bowl MVP has one more season, at a $23.2MM cap number, remaining on his Giants deal. When asked earlier this month about Manning’s future with the Giants, Dave Gettleman did not commit to the popular quarterback coming back. Manning has not previously played into a contract year.

Here is the latest from the NFC East:

  • A series of leg surgeries have Alex Smith‘s career in doubt, but the Redskins quarterback made his first public appearance since the injury Monday at the Wizards-Pistons game (via NBC Sports Washington, on Twitter). The 34-year-old passer’s injured right leg was heavily supported by an apparatus, with the quarterback also using crutches at the game. Smith underwent nearly six operations because of his severe leg injuries and a subsequent infection.
  • Former Redskins secondary coach will Torrian Gray resurface at Florida, where he will become the Gators’ DBs coach, John Keim of tweets. Washington wants its new hire to become the passing-game coordinator, Keim adds (via Twitter). The Redskins also let linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti leave for the Packers, so Greg Manusky‘s new staff will look a bit different next season.
  • Jason Peters has one more season and a $10.66MM cap number left on his Eagles deal. The reigning Super Bowl champions are navigating the NFL’s worst cap situation, being one of two teams projected to be over the cap (at $14MM-plus over). Despite the team being able to save $8MM by releasing Peters, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia expects the Eagles’ longtime left tackle starter to be back for one more season. Noting seventh-round project Jordan Mailata being too raw to deploy in Peters’ place, Frank sees the Eagles cutting costs elsewhere and bringing back Peters for his age-37 season. While Andrew Whitworth turned 37 last month, no other NFL tackle has played past his 37th birthday since Ray Brown — a full-time guard starter until age 42, when he shifted to tackle, who retired at 43 with the 2005 Redskins.
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12 comments on “NFC East Rumors: Manning, Redskins, Eagles

  1. jorge78

    Maybe they were going to operate a sixth time but then said “never mind.”

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Maybe teams need to stop fixating on QB coaches and place more emphasis on finding good OL coaches. Several teams are desperate for offensive line talent (hello Buffalo) and others are forced to hold onto dinosaurs (hello Donald Penn) because there are no replacements of quality in the pipeline.

  3. CursedRangers

    From Theismann, to Griffin, to Smith. Even as a Cowboys fan, you have to feel for the Redskins and the number of injuries that have destroyed the QB’s careers. Was a fan of Smith’s. Hope he can recover.

    Agree with the above poster that OL is worth investing in every way possible. Lose a QB and it’s devastating to a franchise.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Ironically, Joe Gibbs seemed to be able to work his special magic with the Redskins no matter who he had as a QB.

      • JJB0811

        Gibbs also worked for an owner, JKC, that wanted to win on the field, not just at the bank.

      • Gibbs did most of his work with the Redskins from 1981 to 1992. The NFL salary cap came in in 1994. Before the salary cap, the Redskins were one of the richest teams in the league, together with archrivals, the Dallas Cowboys. Salary cap coaching/GM work is an entirely different beast. The Redskins could afford to sign and play a team of veterans and expensive free agents.

        The only master so far in the salary cap era has been the gruff guy from New England, Belichick.

      • zenopsu

        Are you saying that jay shroeder, Mark rypien, and Doug Williams weren’t superstars ?

  4. Z-A

    21st ranked O-Line and slow footed old QB doesn’t bode well for success. How about you draft an O-Lineman in the 1st that isn’t garbage. Tunsil was the consensus top overall pick before the QB craze, you can handle a 15 yr old bong hit and not overdraft Eli Apple.

    So Dwayne Haskins or a Tackle. That’s the dilemma. If someone leap frogs the Giants, they could end up with Jawaan Taylor. That is probably a better scenario overall than taking Haskins who is the top pick at QB bc theres no one else in this draft class worthy of a true 1st round grade. Will Grier in the 2nd is more palatable as they took Sam Beal in 3rd of the supplemental.

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