Chris Wesseling

Offseason Low Down

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Team Notes: NFC East, North

Monday, April 04, 2011


NFC East

Cowboys: Tony Romo is fully recovered from last year's broken left collarbone, and his throwing motion is back to normal. Boasting one of the most dangerous offensive arsenals in the league, he's a fantasy QB to target after Michael Vick and Aaron Rodgers are off the board. … While coach Jason Garrett expressed confidence in Felix Jones' ability to shoulder a heavier workload, he also made it clear that he will continue a multi-back approach in 2011. … Marion Barber has a $500k roster bonus due in June (in addition to a $4.25 million base salary). The Cowboys have been tight-lipped about MBIII's future. It's worth noting that he has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract.

The team's brass remains committed to Dez Bryant despite a recent string of lawsuits and flashing neon signs of reckless immaturity. We're advising Dynasty and Keeper leaguers to buy or hold right now as opposed to selling. Bryant has the difference-making talent to haunt ship-jumpers, and he's just received a much-needed wake-up call. … Roy Williams is due $9.25 million in 2011. Even with Bryant's issues, there's no chance Roy Boy sees that money. He'll have to take a major paycut to stay in Dallas as the No. 3 receiver. … Add CB Terrence Newman ($8 million non-guaranteed salary) and RT Marc Colombo to the list of candidates for release, especially if those positions are addressed early in the draft.

Eagles: Comeback Player of the Year Michael Vick signed his $15.975 million franchise tender, and the Eagles will likely begin long-term talks after the CBA is finalized. … All signs point to Kevin Kolb being dealt to the highest bidder as soon as the trading season kicks off. Kolb is entering a contract year, so the Eagles will extract as much value as possible before losing his rights. The Seahawks and Cardinals are expected to be his most ardent suitors. … Jerome Harrison has now accrued five NFL seasons, so his restricted free agent tender may not hold up. If he's set free, it will be interesting to see if Brian Westbrook returns to Philly as LeSean McCoy's backup.

DeSean Jackson is now healthy after sustaining a Grade 2 MCL sprain in the playoff loss to the Packers. Getting the homerun hitter locked up under a long-term deal is believed to be the franchise's second offseason priority behind the potential Kolb trade. … K David Akers is seeking a long-term deal. The Eagles slapped him with the transition tag in the mean time.

Giants: Eli Manning caught flack from the coaching staff after leading the NFL with 25 interceptions last season. The pendulum could swing back to a more conservative offensive approach in 2011. … The Giants extended a second-round tender to four-year veteran Ahmad Bradshaw. Pending the outcome of the labor scene, he could end up on the open market with GM Jerry Reese potentially entering a bidding war. Bradshaw underwent an ankle scope after the season, the fourth procedure on his feet in the last two years. … Brandon Jacobs conceded that he may need to restructure his contract, though coach Tom Coughlin has suggested that the big back's workload will increase this season. We're tentatively expecting to see Jacobs and Bradshaw both back in the Big Apple.

Steve Smith is in the same boat as Bradshaw, a fourth-year vet with a second-round tender. Even though he's coming off serious microfracture knee surgery that could jeopardize his Week 1 status, Smith believes the Giants will end up re-signing him even if he hits the open market. Mario Manningham is the better fantasy target of the two regardless. … Kevin Boss, coming off minor hip surgery, was also extended a second-round tender as a four-year veteran. Reminder: Reese had an exceptional draft in 2007.

Redskins: Donovan McNabb isn't expected to draw much interest beyond a stopgap solution, which leaves him devoid of trade value. He'll sign with a team such as the Vikings, Titans, or Bengals as the bridge to a developmental QB. … Free agent Rex Grossman is the current favorite to open the season as the Redskins' starter. … Clinton Portis was released, leaving Ryan Torain alone atop the depth chart. Torain is fully expected to share the backfield with a draft pick or free-agent pickup by the end of summer. Sell now in Dynasty leagues.

Free agent Santana Moss' preference is to re-sign with the Redskins once the CBA is finalized. The 'Skins have been connected to Alabama's Julio Jones, though receiver could be seen as a luxury at No. 10 overall. … Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson noted that Chris Cooley looked "noticeably slower" in 2010. With the QB position in flux, he's a player to avoid in fantasy drafts. … FS O.J. Atogwe signed a five-year, $26 million deal, allowing "box" SS LaRon Landry to continue to play close to the line of scrimmage.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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