NFC East Notes: Redskins, Newton, Williams, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants

Things weren’t great down the stretch for the Redskins and Trent Williams, but the new 49ers tackle says he’s not harboring any ill will towards his former team.

I’m thankful this is over,” Williams told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). “Thanks to Dan [Snyder] and the organization for all they’ve done for me. Still a lot of love for the fans and that locker room. Now I’m focusing on being the best player I can possibly be for the 49ers.”

Now that his saga with the Redskins is in the rear view mirror, Williams is focused on hashing out a new deal with the defending NFC champs. Right now, Williams is set to play out the 2020 season on a $12.5MM base salary, but the veteran says there’s mutual interest in a fresh pact. Given Williams’ medical history and age, it remains to be seen whether the 49ers would be willing to commit substantial guaranteed cash to him. Then again, he’s a seven-time Pro Bowler at a premium position and the Niners, ideally, want to keep him happy.

Here’s more from the NFC West:

  • Were the Redskins ever serious about selecting Tua Tagovailoa instead of stud edge rusher Chase Young? “No, not really,” head coach Ron Rivera said this week (via JP Finlay of NBC Sports). “We just feel about the things we saw from Dwayne Haskins,” Rivera continued. “I feel good enough about him that I’m willing to take that chance, that opportunity.”
  • Meanwhile, the longtime Panthers head coach isn’t ruling out a reunion with former MVP Cam Newton (via NFL.com). “You know, the thing about Cam really is the situation,” said Rivera. “We’re in a situation where we’ve got two really young quarterbacks, one that’s been with us, been in the system, understands how we want things done and the other one is a guy who was taken last year in the first round and shows some promise.” For now, Newton is holding out for an opportunity to start.
  • The Cowboys coughed up a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Eagles to take Wisconsin lineman Tyler Biadsz last week. The intra-divisional trade wasn’t an easy call, but they were able to stomach it thanks to a wealth of mid-round selections coming their way, The Athletic’s Jon Machota writes. Jerry Jones & Co. will recoup comp picks after losing four starters in free agency: cornerback Byron Jones, edge rusher Robert Quinn, wide receiver Randall Cobb, and defensive tackle Maliek Collins.
  • The Giants non-tendered center Jon Halapio earlier this year, but there’s a strong chance he’ll return to the team as he recovers from an Achilles injury, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com tweets. For now, the Giants have a few options on hand in guard Shane Lemieux – who has never lined up in the middle – Spencer Pulley, and G/T Nick Gates.

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7 comments on “NFC East Notes: Redskins, Newton, Williams, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Eagles Cowboys will be interesting next season.

    Eagles added Hurts in the draft which was an odd selection. But they also added WRers in Reagor, Goodwin and Hamler which is what they needed. They added a top CB in Darius Slay and hard nosed DT in Hargrave to form a very solid front three with Cox and Jackson. They have a small hole replacing Jenkins at safety and at LB but they have done some work in FA and the draft to ease those concerns.

    The Cowboys on the other hand have added Ceedee Lamb who is a great WR and in partnership with Cooper and Zeke will make for great options for Dak. Poe and McCoy were both solid additions to the front of their defensive after losing Collins and Quinn. Trevon Diggs and Bradlee Anae at CB and LB were both good pick ups in the draft and should add value. They also got a solid safety in Ha-Ha Dix and a solid TE in Jarwin but lost Byron Jones, Travis Frederick and Randall Cobb. All in all the got better offensively and defensively they added size and experience up front aswell as a dressing some concerns in the backfield.

    Overall I’m going like watching the battle of the trenches. Wentz how has some attacking options but not as good as Daks options but I definitely like Wentz more as my starting QB. In the backfield it’s also close with both teams having small holes, I think Slay is a great addition but if you have him on Cooper your still going to have trouble with Lamb and with the Cowboys who’s going to stop Jackson Jeffery Reagor and Goodwin, They have some good speed these guys.

    I’m taking the Eagles by the slightest of margins, think having Doug Peterson at coach and Jim Schwartz is an advantage over a new coach and new coordinator in McCarthy and Nolan

    • phillyphilly4133

      No Hamler for the Birds. They took John Hightower in the 5th and Quez Watkins in the 6th.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I have no dog in this fight but the Cowboys dumping Jason Garrett probably gives them a 2 game advantage from the get go.

      • Thronson5

        Yea I’m not a Cowboys fan but I feel making that coaching change helps that team a lot. They’ll be better. McCarthy might not be the first choice for some Cowboys fans but I believe he is a better coach than Garrett. I think between the players added this offseason in free agency and in draft plus making that coaching change the Cowboys will be pretty darn good. They should win that division but I’ve said that before about them and they’ve choked, I do believe that had to do with coaching more than the players on the roster though. If the Eagles stay healthy they will poise a threat to that division but I still think the Cowboys take and I think they make some noise in the playoffs too. Gonna be interesting with 8 teams in the playoffs now…

        Cowboys
        Eagles
        49ers
        Seahawks
        Saints
        Bucs
        Packers
        Vikings

        All are really good and should be in it but there are other teams that definitely got better and could make a run and with the Eagles and Cowboys you never know what you’re gonna get from them.

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