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The Giants are in disarray (so are the Redskins and Cowboys)

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The Giants are in disarray (so are the Redskins and Cowboys)

While we await confirmation Nick Foles will become an unrestricted free agent (more on that here and here), let’s check in with the rest of the NFC East. Good news, Eagles fans — the club may not get anything in return for their Super Bowl-winning quarterback, but their offseason is still off to a better start than their division rivals’.

The Giants are a mess

The headlines have not been kind to the organization over the past week. Odell Beckham Jr.? Possibly on the move. Landon Collins? As good as gone. And the Giants still don’t know what they’re doing about a quarterback for 2019.

The mere possibility the Giants could trade their best player and one of the top receivers in the NFL should be concerning to any QB who might take the job. Beckham was reportedly on the block last season too, and the organization ultimately decided not to pull the trigger, yet league insider Jay Glazer boldly predicted a swap is coming this offseason. The key word there is predicts, not reports, but Glazer is connected and wouldn’t throw that out there on a whim.

While Beckham’s fate is unclear, Collins seems certain his time in New York is over. The three-time Pro Bowl selection cleaned out his locker on Wednesday, then took to social media so there was no mistaking how the action relates to his impending free agency.

The Giants appear poised to get weaker on defense, perhaps on both sides of the ball, yet ideally would find a signal caller to replace Eli Manning. Sounds like their front office has a great sales pitch!

But Colin Cowherd says Ciara wants to live in New York, so I’m sure the Seahawks plan on shipping Russell Wilson — a top-10 franchise quarterback — over to the Giants any day now.

Washington, also a mess

Similar to the Giants, Washington needs a quarterback and may lose a key cog on defense.

It was no secret Alex Smith would miss 2019 with an injury, and general manager Doug Williams more or less confirmed the club is searching for a solution. I believe Washington has a better team, more aggressive management and thus is a more likely landing spot for Foles than New York, so this a situation to monitor in free agency. For now, the offense is in a bind.

Washington is not expected to use the franchise tag on Preston Smith, either. The 26-year-old outside linebacker is headed toward free agency with 24.5 sacks in four NFL seasons.

The Cowboys are a mess, too

Jason Garrett is officially a lame-duck head coach in the final year of his contract. Nobody knows who will be calling the plays for the Cowboys offense in 2019 — Garrett or new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, who was the team’s backup quarterback less than two years ago — but the staff in place led the best players in the conference to seven points in the Pro Bowl in January. What could possibly go wrong?

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Brian Dawkins makes a 'great' pitch for Bryce Harper to sign with Phillies

Brian Dawkins makes a 'great' pitch for Bryce Harper to sign with Phillies

Brian Dawkins could motivate Eeyore.

His pregame speeches made you want to run through a brick wall. His motivational speeches now are just as incredible.

He actually spoke to Phillies prospects not long ago.

So who better than the Eagles' legend to throw a free-agent pitch to Bryce Harper?

Dawkins did just that Tuesday night, tweeting at Harper about one great fit for Philadelphia.

"B-Dawk" fit this city like a glove. Many believe Harper would fit very similarly as his passion, intensity, hustle and toughness jive with the Philadelphia way.

In the past, Harper has actually shared his appreciation for Philly fans.

"I love coming in here and playing in this park, being able to play in front of these fans," he said in April 2017, via Ryan Lawrence.

Dawkins knows these fans. He also knows greatness.

He sees Harper as a great fit for Philly. Pretty soon, we'll see if Harper agrees.

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Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid share special moments with legendary Dirk Nowitzki at All-Star Game

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid share special moments with legendary Dirk Nowitzki at All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is a polarizing event. Some people find it to be a no-defense embarrassment while others revel in the pure entertainment of a glorified three-point shooting contest with a smattering of impressive dunks mixed in.

As Dwyane Wade put it during a mid-game interview, the game is a chance for the legends of the league on their last leg to interact with the young guys they’ll pass the torch to when they finally retire.

Credit to NBA commissioner Adam Silver for giving Wade and Dirk Nowitzki a final curtain call down in Charlotte this past weekend. The gesture paid dividends.

Nowitzki entering the game on Sunday and promptly drilling a handful of long three pointers was among the most wonderful moments of the weekend.

It also allowed the Sixers' young stars to interact with a guy they both marveled at as kids growing up watching the NBA.

Simmons even had an up-close look at Nowitzki's game when the Dallas Mavericks' legend hit a three in his face.

It provided some great levity as well when the TBS cameras captured Nowitzki thanking Simmons for not really D’ing him up on the play.

“Appreciate it, kid.”

Simmons had a chance to talk about what Nowitzki meant to him following his first All-Star Game victory.

“He is one of those guys that came over from overseas, dominated the game and changed it,” Simmons told reporters following the game. “Just the way he played the game, he played the right way, was not a selfish player, and was always willing to give the ball up and he could also score it. One of those guys who had a huge impact internationally for guys like me, Joel and so many others.”

Embiid also had the chance to share in a Dirk moment prior to the game when the two were interviewed together.

“When I started playing [basketball] back in 2011, one of my coaches gave a tape of all the great big men and [Dirk] was part of it. I remember the only move I used to do, I would catch the ball on the block, dribble, spin, and then his fadeaway off of one leg. I used to do it all the time. That’s when I started getting better and learning the game," Embiid said.

A smiling Nowitzki looks on and says how humbling it is to hear he inspired the next generation of stars.



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