NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Payton, Eagles

Take this with a grain of salt, but there’s an ongoing theory that the Cowboys are eyeing Saints coach Sean Payton as the eventual replacement for Jason Garrett, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Of course, there are a number of complications and roadblocks involved in such a plan, including Payton’s contract with New Orleans, which runs through 2020.

Garrett is a lame duck heading into 2019 and the team does not plan to give him an extension between now and the fall. Of course, Garrett’s job has been in jeopardy before and he could easily turn things around with a big season in Dallas.

If the Cowboys are indeed interested in Payton, then this wouldn’t be the first time another team has tried to pry him away. The Colts and Rams reportedly explored the idea in January 2017, but Payton wound up staying put in New Orleans.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • The Eagles may be hoping to “tag and trade” quarterback Nick Foles, but Foles’ representatives should be prepared to fight any attempt to block his path to the open market, Mike Florio of PFT writes. The QB’s camp could communicate that they won’t cooperate with the plan or they could fight it based on the rules of the CBA. Article 4 of the CBA reads: “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Tendering Foles strictly to trade him would potentially be in violation of that clause.
  • The Giants are likely going to use Eli Manning as their starting quarterback in 2019, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY opines. The Giants, he writes, are more likely to seek his heir in the draft and potentially explore a negotiation to trim his $23.2MM cap hit.
  • Former Eagles quarterback G.J. Kinne has agreed to become an offensive assistant with the Eagles, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic tweets. Last year Kinne worked an analyst/assistant QB coach at Arkansas. Kinne, a Tulsa product, worked the practice squad circuit up until he was released by the Giants in May of 2016.
  • The Eagles also promoted assistant wide receivers coach Carson Walch to full WRs coach, as Ian Rapoport of tweets. He takes over after the team moved on from Gunter Brewer.
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14 comments on “NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Payton, Eagles

  1. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    Sean Payton, Lincoln Riley, hell I’ll take a sock puppet over Coach Howdy. The fact that he’s an “offensive minded” HC, yet Jerrah won’t let him call plays speaks volumes about this guy. Please Jerrah…. put this dude out to pasture!

    • TheTruth12

      I can promise you Lincoln Riley won’t leave a constant championship contender in OK to be Jerry’s puppet.

    • lucienbel

      I think the fact that Jerry can say “you’re not calling plays” and Garette goes “okay” is half the reason he’s still there. Can just keep replacing OCs to call plays and puppet Garrett.

  2. ziggy13

    What I don’t understand about the Foles tag and trade scenario is the fact that no one cared when the Dolphins did this last year. If it’s supposed to be followed than it shouldn’t be possible for teams to do it

    • bradthebluefish

      Agreed. CBA language should more specific. Otherwise, it is just a suggestion.

  3. jorge78

    The CBA tender language in Foles case does not specifically bar a trade. The Eagles could argue that they “in good faith” intended to employ him if a trade did not work out.

  4. Bubba

    Nobody like Sean Payton is going to Jerra “ Nose Picker” Jones and Steve “ Daddy can I have the team” Jones and play under the ridiculousness of Mr. Jerra Picker playing Owner, GM, and know it all. Sorry coach’s like Payton just won’t do that.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I’m sure the next update will be a retraction, stating that it was actually Sean Combs they were eyeing.

  5. Brad

    Foles hasn’t said any of this himself yet so I’ll wait. He has a great relationship with the team and I’m sure they will stay in contact with each other throughout the process.

  6. Chun

    WHY is Garrett still our coach jones? With his track record, this coming season the boys will miss the playoffs! Damn!!

  7. dmzeng1970

    Green Bay could use a man like Foles, it would be an embarrassment of riches to have him and Aaron Rodgers both. The way Rodgers keeps getting hurt it would be a great insurance policy.
    Who knows he might even beat Aaron out of a job.

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