Free Agent Report Card : NFC East


By Ryan Lippert


Dallas Cowboys

Grade: C+


Notable Re-signings:

(LS) L.P. LaDouceur (One year, $1,105,000)

(DT) Brian Price (Two Years, $1.35 million)


Notable Acquisitions:

(WR) Allen Hurns (Two years, $12 million)

(WR) Deonte Thompson (One year, $2.5 million)


Notable Losses:

(DB) Bene’ Benwikere (Cardinals)

(OG) Jonathan Cooper (49ers)

(MLB) Anthony Hitchens (Chiefs)

(P) Sam Irwin-Hill (Redskins)

(CB) Orlando Scandrick (Redskins)

(FB) Keith Smith (Raiders)

(OLB) Kyle Wilber (Raiders)


Best Move(s):

The Allen Hurns signing gives Dak Prescott another weapon in the passing game. Hurns paired with Dez Bryant will give the Cowboys two major deep threats this season. This also gives the Cowboys an insurance plan in case they let Bryant walk eventually. With Hurns on the roster, it will give them a true WR1 if Dez leaves.


Worst Move(s):

While there weren’t any moves that I think will hurt the Cowboys too badly, the worst move would be letting Jonathan Cooper walk. Cooper started every game on the dominant Cowboys’ offensive line last season. He will give the 49ers an experienced lineman to build around to protect Jimmy Garoppolo. Another key loss is Anthony Hitchens, who helped anchor their defense. However, they still have Jaylon Smith whom they have high hopes for, and now can finally see what he truly brings to the table.


Summary:

The Cowboys haven’t really been huge players in free agency this offseason. However, they have still done enough to help bolster their roster a little with the signing of Hurns and the reported potential signing of Cameron Fleming from the New England Patriots. With them not making a ton of signings in free agency, look for the Cowboys to try to make a splash in the draft.


New York Giants

Grade: B-


Notable Re-Signings:

(OLB) Mark Herzlich (One year, $1,105,000)

(NT) Robert Thomas (One year, $630,000)

(DE) Kerry Wynn (One year, $1.25 million)


Notable Acquisitions:

(WR) Cody Latimer (One year, $2.5 million)

(OLB) Kareem Martin (Three years, $15 million)

(RB) Jonathan Stewart (Two years, $6.9 million)

(LT) Nate Solder (Four years, $62 million)

(DT) Josh Mauro (One year, $880,000)

(CB) Teddy Williams (One year, $880,000)

(CB) B.W. Webb (One year, $815,000)


Notable Losses:

(DB) Ross Cockrell (Panthers)

(OG) DJ Fluker (Seahawks)

(OLB) Devon Kennard (Lions)

(OT) Justin Pugh (Cardinals)

(C) Weston Richburg (49ers)


Best Move(s):

The best move that the Giants have made this offseason was by far the signing of Nate Solder. This gives the Giants a much needed veteran leader on the offensive line and helps get Eli Manning solid blind side protection. Another move that I like is the signing of Jonathan Stewart, which gives the Giants the lead back that they need and potentially gives them more flexibility in the draft.


Worst Move(s):

The worst move during the free agency period for the Giants was letting Justin Pugh walk. Pugh has been the best offensive lineman on the Giants roster for the past several season and would’ve been a nice duo to go along with Solder. However, it might have been tough to pay them both. Richburgwas a key loss on the offensive line as well. On the defensive side of the ball they lose a key piece with the departure of Devon Kennard, who has been a solid starter for the Giants and should flourish in Detroit.


Summary:

The Giants definitely improved on the offensive side of the ball with the additions of Solder and Stewart. These signings might help Eli get back into rhythm. However, the three losses of Pugh, Kennard, and Richburg could come back to hurt them, which caused their grade to drop slightly.


Philadelphia Eagles

Grade: B-


Notable Re-Signings:

(OLB) Nigel Bradham (Five years, $40 million)

Notable Acquisitions:

(DT) Haloti Ngata (One year, $3 million)

(WR) Mike Wallace (One year, $2.5 million)


Notable Losses:

(DT) Beau Allen (Buccaneers)

(RB) LeGarrette Blount (Lions)

(TE) Trey Burton (Bears)

(DE) Vinny Curry (Buccaneers)

(CB) Patrick Robinson (Saints)

(K) Caleb Sturgis (Chargers)


Best Move(s):

Re-signing Nigel Bradham was huge for the defending champs. Bradham was a huge piece of this Eagles defense in their Super Bowl run and is worth every bit of money that they gave him. Haloti Ngata is a solid signing, as he gives the Eagles more experience and depth on their interior defensive line. Mike Wallace looks to revitalize his career in Philadelphia as he gives Carson Wentzanother deep threat.


Worst Move(s):

The Eagles lost a key piece to the defense with Vinny Curry heading to Tampa Bay. Curry had an outstanding 2017 season and was a crucial part of their Super Bowl victory. Losing Blount will hurt a little bit, but they still have Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement, so they shouldn’t miss him too much. Patrick Robinson served as a solid starting corner for the Eagles last season so he will need to be replaced as well. Burton made some noise with his Super Bowl touchdown pass and was used throughout the season, but the Eagles still have Zach Ertz so they won’t miss him much.


Summary:

I believe that the Eagles made the moves that they needed to make in order to be able to compete for a second consecutive Super Bowl title in 2018. A few of the losses will hurt, which caused their grade to drop. However, the additions they made, along with a healthy Wentz and an outstanding current roster, will more than likely help fill those voids.


Washington Redskins

Grade: C-


Notable Re-Signings:

(ILB) Zach Brown (Three years, $21 million)

(K) Dustin Hopkins (Three years, $7.45 million)

(WR) Brian Quick (One year, $880,000)


Notable Acquisitions:

(WR) Paul Richardson (Five years, $40 million)

(CB) Orlando Scandrick (Two years, $6.85 million)


Notable Losses:

(QB) Kirk Cousins (Vikings)

(WR) Ryan Grant (Colts)

(C) Spencer Long (Jets)

(LB) Trent Murphy (Bills)

(TE) Niles Paul (Jaguars)

(WR) Terrelle Pryor (Jets)


Best Moves:

The best move that the Redskins made this offseason was re-signing Zach Brown. He was the anchor of this Redskins defense last season. Signing Paul Richardson gives new quarterback Alex Smith a solid young target. Orlando Scandrick helps give the Redskins some depth in the secondary.


Worst Moves:

Although they acquired Smith via trade, the Redskins will greatly miss Kirk Cousins this season. Smith is a solid quarterback but he isn’t on the same level of skill and potential as Cousins. They also lost two key receivers with the departures of Ryan Grant and Terrelle Pryor. The Redskins defense took a hit with the loss of Trent Murphy, who has been a solid leader for their defense.


Summary:

Although the Redskins have made a couple solid moves this offseason, their losses hurt, especially those of Cousins and Murphy. However, maybe this new roster, led by a veteran Alex Smith, can prove some people wrong in 2018.