While the official start of the NFL offseason is still a couple weeks away, it feels as if Giants fans have been in offseason mode for a few months now.
These ensuing months will answer many questions for the Giants regarding cap casualties, franchise tag decisions and, of course, who to draft with the 6th overall pick. However, by this point most Giant fans are well aware of the pending free agents and offseason scenarios. This article will take a brief dive into the state of the rest of the NFC East this offseason including key potential departures that could shake up the division.
First, we’ll dissect the reigning Super Bowl Champs. The Eagles will start the offseason with a big decision on what to do with Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles. Philly could opt to trade him, keep him or just outright let him walk. Key pending free agents also include Brandon Graham, Chance Warmack, Chris Long, Ronald Darby, Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, Jay Ajayi and Golden Tate. Potential cap casualties also include Nigel Bradham, Jason Peters and Michael Bennett. As of right now, the Eagles hold the 25th pick in the draft.
Next up, we have the division winners, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys currently don’t have a first round pick this year due to the Amari Cooper trade. The biggest decision for the Cowboys will be whether they will franchise/resign star DE Demarcus Lawrence. They also have to make choices on what to do with Cole Beasley, Cam Fleming and David Irving. Star Linebacker, Sean Lee has also been rumored to be a cap casualty due to the emergence of their young and talented LB core.
Lastly, we have the Washington Redskins. The Redskins pick at number 15 in this year’s draft, and still face a lot of uncertainty about the future of Alex Smith. Their upcoming free agents include Haha Clinton-Dix, Preston Smith, Jamison Crowder and Johnathan Cooper. The Redskins will be a key team to watch this offseason, simply because it is unlikely Alex Smith will play next season. They could potentially draft a QB or trade for a veteran, like Joe Flacco.