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NFL free agency 2020: Looking around NFC East after 1 week

NFL free agency 2020: Looking around NFC East after 1 week

We’re one week into the NFL’s free agency period, so it’s time to take a step back and look at the division. 

There’s still a lot of time left for teams to add players in free agency, but here’s an early look at how all four teams in the NFC East have done so far: 

Cowboys 

Staying: QB Dak Prescott, WR Amari Cooper, LB Sean Lee, CB Anthony Brown, CB C.J. Goodwin, K Kai Forbath, TE Blake Jarwin, LB Joe Thomas, LB Justin March-Lillard

Coming: DT Gerald McCoy, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, CB Maurice Canaday

Leaving: CB Byron Jones, DE Robert Quinn, DT Maliek Collins, WR Randall Cobb, OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, S Jeff Heath, OT Cameron Fleming, TE Jason Witten

Analysis: The Cowboys did what they needed to by slapping a franchise tag on Dak Prescott and then signing Amari Cooper, but they’re losing some other key players because of it. I still think they were right to prioritize those two, though. They bought themselves some time to sign their QB to a long-term deal and losing Cooper should have never even been an option. But because of the money going to those guys, they lost Jones, Quinn, Collins, Cobb and others. We’re talking about losing several key starters from last year’s team and their defense will suffer because of it. But I do like the addition of McCoy even at age 32. 

Giants

Staying: DT Leonard Williams, K Aldrick Rosas, LB David Mayo, WR Cody Core, WR Corey Coleman

Coming: CB James Bradberry, LB Blake Martinez, LB Kyler Fackrell, TE Levine Toilolo, S Nate Ebner, OT Cameron Fleming, QB Colt McCoy

Leaving: OT Mike Remmers, CB Antonio Hamilton

Analysis: The Giants spent big on defense by first franchise-tagging Williams and then by signing Bradberry and Blake Martinez. But they also didn’t really address edge rusher and I think they overpaid for linebackers, a very different philosophy than the one the Eagles use. They still have a need at OL, which they will presumably address with the No. 4 overall pick in the upcoming draft. 

Redskins

Staying: OG Brandon Scherff, LB Jon Bostic, DT Caleb Brantley 

Coming: CB Kendall Fuller, LB Thomas Davis, S Sean Davis, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, QB Kyle Allen, RB J.D. McKissic, OG Wes Schweitzer, TE Logan Thomas, OT Cornelius Lucas, DE Nate Orchard 

Leaving: OG Ereck Flowers, QB Case Keenum, CB Josh Norman

Analysis: The Skins started off their free agency period by tagging Scherff, which they needed to do. I think Scherff is their best player and even though he’s a guard, they couldn’t let him get away. Then they added Fuller, Davis, Davis and Pierre-Louis, all moves that should bolster the defense — a defense that wasn’t very good in 2019 — under Ron Rivera in his first year at the helm in Washington. The move to replace Flowers with Schweitzer seemed like a solid one after seeing what Flowers got paid on the open market. But the whole Trent Williams situation is looming and that’s a big one to figure out. 

Eagles

Staying: S Rodney McLeod, DB Jalen Mills, DT Hassan Ridgeway, QB Nate Sudfeld 

Coming: CB Darius Slay, DT Javon Hargrave, S Will Parks, LB Jatavis Brown

Leaving: S Malcolm Jenkins, RB Jordan Howard, WR Nelson Agholor, OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill

Analysis: The Eagles made their big splash by trading for Slay but the move to sign Hargrave shouldn’t be overlooked either. He’ll be a big part of the defense in 2020. They also made a decision to move on from Malcolm Jenkins, which is a questionable one based on how much he meant to the team. But they brought back McLeod for a very reasonable price. They still need to find receivers, but might wait for the draft to do it. 

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Zach Ertz introduces coaching and mentoring program

Zach Ertz introduces coaching and mentoring program

Zach Ertz has created a program where he’ll virtually coach and mentor a select number of high school or college football players 1-on-1 in exchange for various acts of service.

Ertz, the Eagles’ three-time Pro Bowl tight end, is calling the program Team Protege, and he introduced it Saturday on social media.

“I sat in on a Stanford business school class this offseason and being in that environment again pushed me to think outside of the box and how I could give back during this unprecedented time,” Ertz said. “I was taking the class over Zoom so why couldn’t I be the one teaching kids through an online platform, so I developed Team Protege.”

Ertz said the coaching relationship he shared in high school with three-time 49ers all-pro tight end Brent Jones was part of his inspiration.

Seven years ago, I wrote about that relationship

The program is free for the student athletes. All that is required is what Ertz is calling a service challenge.

The initial one?

“It’s going to be writing a letter of appreciation to a loved one telling them how much you appreciate them, how much you love them,” Ertz said in a video he shared on social media. “Give it to that person and film their reaction, and post that on your social media, and let’s try to bring some hope to people right now. That’s all I’m asking and I will watch your guys’ film from there.”

Student athletes who are interested can begin the process here.

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Randall Cunningham joining Las Vegas Raiders organization

Randall Cunningham joining Las Vegas Raiders organization

Former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham is reportedly joining the Las Vegas Raiders organization.

While Cunningham, 57, can still likely throw bombs to Raiders receivers, he'll be guiding them spiritually as the team chaplain, according to ESPN.

"I'm elated, flabbergasted," Cunningham told ESPN on Friday. "I've already been in on some [Zoom] meetings with the team. I plan on spending a lot of time with the guys when it's OK. I've talked with Marcus Mariota, Nelson Agholor. What an amazing group of people Mark Davis and Jon Gruden have put together."

Cunningham played his college ball at UNLV and coached high school football in Las Vegas for a couple of seasons a few years back.

Randall has spent much of the past few years working with daughter, Vashti, and son, Randall II, in their quest for Olympic dreams.

The former NFL MVP is highly regarded around the league and will be a solid addition to the Raiders organization. His Twitter account, which is mostly dormant, has the handle "PastorRandallC."

Randall worked with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden during his playing days in Philadelphia.

"He's going to take care of the guys in Las Vegas," Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN.com. "Jon had him address the team in a team Zoom [recently] and he did a really good job of setting the stage for the team in Las Vegas.

Just last week, NBC Sports Philadelphia ranked Randall as the second best quarterback in Eagles history.