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NFC East Roundup: Free Agent comings and goings

Posted Mar 19, 2017

Giants.com takes a look around the division following the first week of Free Agency:

It’s been just over a week since the clock officially started on the 2017 NFL season, and many notable free agents have new homes, while some are staying put.

The Giants have been busy since free agency began. Big Blue signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was recently released by the Jets. The Giants followed up by inking tight end Rhett Ellison (from Minnesota) and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (from San Diego). Big Blue also re-signed running back Orleans Darkwa, offensive lineman John Jerry and quarterback Josh Johnson. On Friday, the Giants signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a new contract. A free agent, JPP had received the franchise designation last month.

>> GIANTS SIGN JPP TO NEW CONTRACT

“It means a lot to me, because I started here, and obviously I want to finish here,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’ve seen a lot of guys come and go, especially in my (draft) class. I’m the only one left in my class here. It means a lot. We won a Super Bowl here, and I’m looking forward to putting a fifth trophy in the case.”

“I’m definitely looking forward to a new start,” Fluker said after signing his contract. “Hopefully, I can make a big impact on the offensive line. I think the Giants give me the best opportunity to be successful.”

There’s still many notable free agents on the open market. In the coming weeks, more players will find new places to call home, while others will end up staying put.

>> PREDICTIONS FOR WR TRIO

As free agency continues, here’s a look at the latest movement from the Giants and their rivals in the NFC East:

NEW YORK GIANTS

Coming: WR Brandon Marshall (from NY Jets, TE/FB Rhett Ellison (from Minnesota), G/T D.J. Fluker (from San Diego)
Going: K Robbie Gould (to San Francisco), G/T Marshall Newhouse (to Oakland)
Staying: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (signed a new contract), RB Orleans Darkwa (signed a new contract), LS Zak DeOssie (signed a new contract), QB Josh Johnson (signed a new contract), OL John Jerry (signed a new contract)

DALLAS COWBOYS

Coming: DT Stephen Paea (from Washington), CB Nolan Caroll (from Philadelphia), DE Damontre Moore (from Seattle)
Going: S Barry Church (to Jacksonville), G Ronald Leary (to Denver), DT Terrell McLain (to Washington), DT Jack Crawford (to Atlanta), CB Brandon Carr (to Baltimore), CB Morris Claiborne (to NY Jets), RB Lance Dunbar (to Los Angeles), DE Ryan Davis (to Buffalo), S J.J. Wilcox (to Tampa Bay)
Staying: RB Darren McFadden, WR Brice Butler, WR Terrance Williams, G Jonathan Cooper

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Coming: DT Terrell McLain (from Dallas), DL Stacy McGee (from Oakland), Safety D.J. Swearinger (from Arizona), WR Terrelle Pryor (from Cleveland)
Going: WR DeSean Jackson (to Tampa Bay), WR Pierre Garcon (to San Francisco), DE Chris Baker (to Tampa Bay), DT Stephen Paea (to Dallas) DE Ricky Jean Francois (released)
Staying: TE Vernon Davis, DE Ziggy Hood, OL Vinston Painter, QB Kirk Cousins (exclusive franchise tag)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Coming: WR Alshon Jeffrey (from Chicago), WR Torrey Smith (from San Francisco), G Chance Warmack (from Tennessee), QB Nick Foles (from Kansas City)
Going: DE Connor Barwin (released), QB Chase Daniel (released), CB Nolan Carroll (to Dallas)
Staying: LB Najee Goode, G/C Stefen Wisniewski