NFC East Notes: Redskins, Cowboys, Giants

It’s unclear if Colt McCoy ever had a realistic chance to serve as the Redskins‘ starting quarterback in 2019, but his continued recovery from a broken leg has deprived him of even getting the opportunity. McCoy won’t play in Washington’s second preseason game after experiencing leg soreness, head coach Jay Gruden told reporters (link via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk). Additionally, McCoy has no timeline for a possible return, meaning he’s certainly a candidate to miss regular season time. Trade acquisition Case Keenum looks like the favorite to start for the Redskins, with 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins likely to act as Keenum’s backup, at least to open the year.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

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  • The Cowboys have a quandary on their hands: how to pay Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper? Prescott, for his part, is reportedly targeting Russell Wilson‘s $35MM yearly salary, but none of Dallas’ trifecta has set a deadline for negotiations with the club’s front office. Vice president of player personnel Will McClay admits fitting all three on the Cowboys’ books could prove difficult, but says the club is in a good position. “It makes it challenging, but it’s a good challenge because we follow the recipe that we’ve used to get these young players,” McClay told Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Now we have to figure out if we can pay them because they are good enough. It’s just to keep that thing going and trying to find young talent.”
  • After getting handed a four-game suspension for taking what he claims were fertility drugs, Giants wideout Golden Tate is considering a lawsuit against the doctor who originally prescribed the drugs, as Williams writes in a separate piece. Tate, who self-reported his violation after realizing the active ingredient in the medication was on the NFL’s banned substance list, will lose salary and signing bonus, while his 2020 guarantees are also expected to void. The veteran pass-catcher appealed his ban but was formally denied earlier this week.
  • Tate will be forced to give back some of his salary and signing bonus as a result of his suspension, and the annual average of his contract will be reduced commensurately. While that reduction could theoretically affect the compensatory pick the Eagles will receive in exchange for losing Tate as a free agent, Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice explains while Philadelphia is unlikely to be altered.
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    • IBFarr

      It was soon after Alex Smith broke his too. It wasn’t noticable when it happened. I believe he even played a few plays after it happened too.

  1. TheTruth12

    Dak is overplaying his hand, if the cowboys are smart they’d spend that 35M on Zeke, Cooper and Smith and let Dak find out the hard way that no team is gonna pay him close to that. Problem is the cowboys aren’t that smart.

    • Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

      Amen, the Cowboys are negotiating against themselves at this point. I’m hopeful they let this season play out with Prescott, nobody is going to pay 35M+ to a QB that avg. 22 passing TDs per season. If he shows improvement next season they can tag him and negotiate then. Right now I wouldn’t pay him more than what Jax paid Foles.

      • haywire4fun

        Yeah, let Jerry treat Zeke like a dog. Make him do all the work then leave him in the rain. That’ll be great… For everyone in your division when he signs with one of your rivals just to spite you.

        • dudeman40

          I love it when it gets to the point where u still have 2 years left on a contract u agreed to but won’t play!!!
          Friggin amazes me.
          I could care less about the life span of a running back – they make more in a couple games than most people make in a lifetime….u have a contract – fulfill it

        • The Eagles would sign Zeke and use him wrong and get rid of him the next year. Smh.

      • earmbrister

        Jimmah, I’m glad you’re not the Cowboys GM. Nick Foles is a good backup, but a below average QB. His QBR over the last 3 years is HALF of what Prescott’s is. Prescott’s QBR ranking in his first 3 years is #3 overall, #4, and #17. In 2018 he dealt with a lack of real receivers: Allen Hurns is not a #1 receiver, Gallup was a rookie, and Cooper was only around for about half the year. He was without his starting center all year. And like I posted elsewhere, Dak is at the top of the leaderboard in % of “good” games, and at the bottom in % of “bad” games. He’s averaging 11 wins a season over his first three years. Foles is being paid $22MM, and he couldn’t hold Prescott’s jockstrap. Derek Carr has a $25MM per contract, Jimmy Garoppolo is $27.5 per, and Kirk Cousins is $28MM per. Dak is easily better than all of them.

        And again, Truth, you don’t pay your RB before you pay your QB. You pay your QB, LT, DE, WR, CB, and THEN your RB. RB’s are abundantly available. I hope that they re-sign Zeke, but only after Dak and Cooper.

        • Lenny Bruce

          How many Super Bowls has Dearth won again? Oh yeah. None.

          So in REALITY, Dearth can’t hold Foles jock.

          • earmbrister

            Foles recent free agent contract tells you all you need to know. At $22MM per, he’s being paid like a Joe Average QB. If he’s so great, why isn’t he making Russell Wilson ($35 per) money?

            Money talks, BS walks.

  2. dmarcus15

    Dak also needs to realize that the market for an above average QB isn’t great what will happen to his endorsements when he isn’t a cowboy.

    • earmbrister

      HALF the league would be extremely happy with an above average QB like Prescott. You’re kidding yourself.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Cowboys are 12-1 when Prescott passes for 255 yards or more. The Seahawks are 28-7 when Wilson crosses that barrier and the Eagles are 10-9 when Wentz does it. If Jerry doesn’t want to pay a guy who can win at a 92% clip in that situation, well then good for him…he can wait for someone better.

    • saluelthpops

      So he’s thrown for over 255 yards in only 13 career games? If that doesn’t define average—or below—I don’t know what does.

      • saluelthpops

        He has 48 career games. In just over 25% of them has he thrown for over 255 yards. That’s not good.

  4. haywire4fun

    Here’s my problem with that. Dak has produced much worse then his Superbowl participant counterparts in Wentz and Goff. Just taking last season into account because it is the most recent reflection on the most possible future. Goff and Wentz average above 250 where as Dak had around 230. Wentz scored only one fewer touchdown then Dak while only playing 5 fewer games. And your stat is such a watered down stat because more goes into a game then yards. The majority of daks amazing games comes off the back of dead opponents. Daks best game in 2018 came against the Giants. The same Giants who picked at 4 in the if well knock out that game he would have less touchdowns then Wentz a way worse TD/INT ratio. Finally. Wilson got his contract because management knows he can deliver when it comes to the postseason. Dak has no postseason victories and no reason for such an exorbitantly large contract.

    • earmbrister

      Haywire, last I checked, both the Eagles and the Cowboys play the Giants twice a year, and yes, Wentz played in both games vs the Giants last year. Are we subtracting his 4 TD’s vs the Giants from his totals, or just Dak’s 5?

  5. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    If Tate does file the lawsuit, it will be interesting to watch. If Tate can prove that he asked about what he was being prescribed contained and the doctor told him, then only a few things could be true. 1 – Tate ignored what the doctor said. No lawsuit. 2 – The doctor either didn’t know about the banned substance being present or lied.

    If #2 is true and provable, Tate can easily show loss of income. That doctor’s career would be in the toilet.

    • Perksy

      How does the Tate suspension with the forfeit of bonuses and salary affect the Giants cap? Or does it?

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