NFC East Roundup: Cowboys At It Again?

Tony Romo, Robert Griffin IIIHere is a look at what is happening elsewhere in the NFC East.

Andrew Brandt of MMQB.com is worried the Cowboys are once again spending their money frivolously:

[Tony] Romo’s 2013 contract extension, with a $25 million bonus prorated over the life of the deal, was negotiated knowing there would be future cap consequences. At that time, we could only hope that the Cowboys would not revisit it for several years, allowing the future stacked proration to settle down as the contract went.

So much for that.

Less than a year after signing that deal, the Cowboys converted $12.5 million of Romo’s 2014 salary into a prorated signing bonus to push out future cap charges. Now, a year after that restructure, the Cowboys have done it again, converting $16 million of Romo’s 2015 salary into another prorated signing bonus, adding another $12.8 million to the already stacked amounts of proration in the coming years. Romo now carries the highest amount of potential dead money—cap charges that will remain if Romo and the Cowboys part ways—of any player in NFL history. Though the possibility is remote, the amount of dead money acceleration would be $46 million if the Cowboys and Romo were to somehow part this year. That amount reduces to $32 million next year and $19.6 million in 2017, making Romo, for all intents and purposes, uncuttable and untradeable until then.

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It’s Official: Eagles Eliminated From Playoffs

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

What seemed extremely likely Saturday night became official Sunday evening: The Eagles will not be returning to the playoffs.

The Cowboys made quick work of the Colts with a 42-7 victory. It seemed clear early on that Indianapolis wasn’t going to make much of a game out of it. The Colts ran Trent Richardson on 3rd-and-14 on their first possession and then attempted a fake punt from their own 19.

Andrew Luck went 15-for-22 for 109 yards and two interceptions before being pulled in the second half. The Colts clinched the division last week and would have needed a minor miracle (two Broncos losses) for a chance at a first-round bye. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: McCoy Expects Seattle Influence

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

By the time Sunday night rolls around, the Cowboys will have had 16-plus days to stew over their embarrassing Thanksgiving loss to the Eagles. And because their Week 14 game against Chicago was played on a Thursday, they were allotted nine days to try and come up with ways to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

In order to change their fortunes they will have to have to do better against LeSean McCoy, who busted loose for a season-high 159 yards on 25 carries (6.4 avg.). The Eagles finished with 256 rushing yards in all en route to their 33-10 win.

A heavy-hearted McCoy had a much harder time this past week against Seattle, rushing for 50 yards on 17 carries (2.9 avg.) while losing a key fumble to open the second half. McCoy thinks  Rod Marinelli will apply some of Seattle’s tactics to try and limit the Eagles’ ground attack this week.
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