NFC East Blog
While being interviewed at Super Bowl Radio Row on Thursday, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy said he didn't "want to take less money" in order to keep the current team together. At $11,950,000 in 2015, McCoy's cap number will be the second highest in the league. Philadelphia is expected to retain the stud RB, but the organization would save $7,550,000 if he was released. Understanding that a pay cut would free up enough cash to bring back some of his other teammates, McCoy remains adamant about being paid what he was initially promised.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle in Week 2 this season. He missed the next six games to get healthy, but that never happened. Even after Griffin returned in Week 9, he felt the effects of the injury. RGIII admitted as much in a Wednesday radio interview.
"Last year, I wasn't healthy, and it sucked," Griffin said. "There's no other way to say it other than that."
Griffin said his ankle was so bad that he could have taken the rest of the season off to get truly healed up, but he indicated that he pushed himself to get on the field as the losses mounted for Washington. Through five starts in the second half of the year, Griffin completed 66.4 percent of his throws with 224 passing yards per game. But his touchdown-to-turnover ratio was a putrid 5:9.
Odell Beckham Jr.'s presence during the Giants' offseason workouts and training camp was barely a rumor. The first-rounder from LSU missed most of that time, including the entire preseason and the first four weeks of the regular season, trying to get over a right hamstring injury that he initially suffered last spring.
He finally debuted in Week 5, and you know what happened. Beckham went on to shatter records and minds with some incredible playmaking ability. And for his 91 catches, more than 1,300 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, would you believe that he did it all with a couple of tears in that right hamstring? Beckham says he did.
"[The two hamstring tears] healed up enough to where I could play with them, but they were never truly good, and I'm still just working on them and trying to get ready," Beckham said after Sunday's Pro Bowl. "... I should be good by training camp. The plan is to play at full strength next season, and I definitely hope to do it. I'm just looking forward to getting healthy."
Reports out of St. Louis suggest that the Rams are interested in acquiring Eagles QB Nick Foles. After head coach Jeff Fischer admitted that there would be "competition at the quarterback position" and that it would be "with somebody that's not in the building right now," it appears as though the organization is looking beyond Sam Bradford as its only option under center. Foles has one year left on his rookie contract, but if Philly wants to deal him, St. Louis may be a willing buyer.
Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys' official website speculates that soon-to-be free-agent running back Mark Ingram could be an option to replace running back DeMarco Murray, who is likely to seek greener pastures coming off of a career season.
Following a career season, it was expected that Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin would quickly re-sign with the team. After hiring a new agent, however, the two sides appear to have hit a bit of a standstill. As this is to be the veteran wideout's first big-money contract, Maclin's representatives are seeking an aggressive deal on behalf of their star client. Last month, Maclin praised the organization and said that he wanted to end his career in Philly.
The Eagles have the 20th pick of the first round in April's draft. The reality of them moving up far enough to grab Oregon quarterback and Chip Kelly recruit Marcus Mariota may be a pipe dream, but let the dreaming begin in Philly. A person familiar with the Eagles' offseason plans has told Mark Eckel of NJ.com that the Eagles will at least try to get in position to draft Mariota this spring.
"From No. 20, it's certainly not going to be easy," the anonymous source said. "It's probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There's going to be some wheeling and dealing involved.
"Can it happen? I don't know. But they're going to try."