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Giants Now: NFC East offseason roundup


It's been a wild few weeks since the 2021 league year began.

Each team in the NFC East has made some big offseason moves this month, setting the four clubs up for what should be an interesting race for the division title in 2021.

Let's catch up on some of the big moves made by each team in the NFC East this offseason:

New York Giants

"Defensive tackle Leonard Williams has signed a three-year contract to remain with the Giants. In doing so, the Giants have secured the multi-year services of one of their most productive players and grant themselves salary cap relief."

"The Giants have signed Kenny Golladay, arguably the best wide receiver in this year's free agency market. Golladay will become the Giants' tallest wideout at 6-4 (214 pounds). He played his first four seasons for the Detroit Lions, led the NFL with 11 touchdown catches in 2019, and twice exceeded 1,000 receiving yards. Golladay played in just five games in 2020 because of a hip flexor strain."

"The Giants signed free agent cornerback Adoree' Jackson. Jackson is expected to start at the corner opposite Pro Bowler James Bradberry, one of the Giants' best free agent acquisitions in 2020. Jackson, 25, played his first four NFL seasons for the Tennessee Titans, who selected him in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft (18th overall). He was released by the Titans last Tuesday."

"The Giants have signed two-time Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph played his first 10 NFL seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, who released him on March 2. He has played in 140 regular-season games with 132 starts and has started all six postseason games in which he played."

"As they do every offseason, experts from media outlets across the country handed out grades to every team for their signings this offseason. While there are some talented free agents still available, the Giants have already earned some high marks for their moves the last few weeks. Here are what some media outlets are saying about the Giants' offseason."

With training camp here, view photos of every move made by the Giants this offseason.

Dallas Cowboys

"Dak Prescott's long-awaited new contract is finally here. The Cowboys announced that Prescott and the club have agreed to terms on a new deal. Terms have not been disclosed; further information and details will be released at a formal press announcement on Wednesday, the club said in a press release. According to multiple reports, it's a four-year deal worth at least $160 million that includes over $120 million guaranteed."

"One is gone, but one will stay. Jourdan Lewis has agreed to terms on a three-year deal to return to the Cowboys, insuring that at least one of their 2017 draft picks will remain in the defensive backfield moving forward. The deal has a maximum value of $16.5 million, with $8 million guaranteed. The news comes shortly after CB Chidobe Awuzie signed a three-year, $21.7 million contract to join the Cincinnati Bengals."

"In a league noted for its unpredictability, some things can still be seen coming. From the moment the Cowboys hired Dan Quinn to be their new defensive coordinator, it made sense to think he might bring Keanu Neal to join him in Dallas. That's exactly what happened on Saturday, as the Cowboys agreed to terms with the four-year veteran on a one-year, $5 million contract."

"Safety and noted ball hawk Damontae Kazee agreed to terms with the club Thursday, reuniting with Quinn, who drafted him to the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft."

"It appears that one of the Cowboys' longest-tenured veterans has called it a career. It has long been suspected that the veteran pass rusher was mulling retirement, but Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon. "Tyrone, he came to me right away in the exit interview process … he is going to retire," McCarthy said."

Philadelphia Eagles

"The Eagles agreed to acquire the No. 12 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, a fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall), and a 2022 first-round pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a 2021 fifth-round pick (No. 156 overall)."

"The Eagles found the right "fit" at the safety position, agreeing to terms with veteran Anthony Harris on a one-year contract. He has a chance to gain significant playing time, given that Rodney McLeod is rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last season's December 13 victory over New Orleans and the other starter, Jalen Mills, signed with New England in free agency."

"One of Nick Sirianni's core beliefs is something he has said many times: He wants competition across the board at every position, quarterback included. That's why the addition of Joe Flacco, a veteran who has done it all in the NFL, is so intriguing for the quarterback room."

"The Eagles announced the release of defensive tackle Malik Jackson and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Jackson, a former Pro Bowl selection, was signed prior to free agency in 2019 with the intent of forming one of the league's best 1-2 punches at defensive tackle along with perennial Pro Bowl standout Fletcher Cox. Jackson contributed 2.5 sacks and 42 total tackles in 15 games, playing just a shade under 50 percent of the snaps last season. Jeffery arrived in Philadelphia along with wide receiver Torrey Smith in 2017 to provide proven playmaking talent at the position. A two-time 1,000-yard receiver with the Chicago Bears, Jeffery looked to regain that form following a couple of down seasons."

"Defensive end Brandon Graham is the latest player to provide some positive news, as the Eagles announced that Graham signed a contract extension through the 2022 season, and the Pro Bowl pass rusher couldn't be happier."

View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands.

Washington Football Team

"The Washington Football Team announced today that they have signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Fitzpatrick (6-2, 228) is entering his 17th NFL season after originally being selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 165 career games with 146 starts over 16 seasons with the Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins."

"The Washington Football Team announced today that they have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on guard Brandon Scherff. Last season, Scherff played and started in 13 games while only giving up one sack and was named a Pro Bowler for the second-consecutive season along with earning first team All-Pro honors by the Associated Press. He was also the organization's Ed Block Courage Award winner."

"The Washington Football Team announced today that they have signed cornerback William Jackson III. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Jackson (6-0, 196) is entering his sixth NFL season after originally being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round (24th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 59 career games with 48 starts over four seasons with Bengals after being placed on IR his rookie season."

"The Washington Football Team announced today that they have signed wide receiver Curtis Samuel. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Samuel (5-11, 195) is entering his fifth NFL season after originally being selected by the Carolina Panthers in the second round (40th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 53 career games with 32 starts over four seasons with Carolina."

"The Washington Football Team announced Thursday that it has signed wide receiver Adam Humphries. Full terms of the deal were not disclosed. Humphries (5-11, 195) originally entered the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a college free agent on May 11, 2015. He has appeared in 79 career games with 21 starts and has recorded 279 receptions for 2, 931 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2020, he played in seven games with one start at wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans and caught 23 passes for 228 yards with two touchdowns."

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft for the final time before the start of the draft.


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