NFC East Roundup: Cowboys’ Running Back Depth Comes Into Play

Photo by: USA Today Sports.

Photo by: USA Today Sports.

Let’s take a spin around the NFC East to see what’s going on with the rest of the division:

With Darren McFadden injuring his right elbow this week, running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris have a chance to win the starting job, writes David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

Even though McFadden finished fourth in the NFL in rushing, the Cowboys went out in free agency and signed Alfred Morris. The team turned around a few weeks later and used the fourth pick in the draft on Elliott. That led some to question the wisdom of devoting so many resources to one position. Read more »

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 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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NFC East Roundup: Replacing DeMarco Murray

Dale Zanine / USA TODAY Sports

Dale Zanine / USA TODAY Sports

Let’s check in on the rest of the division.

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas does not think Adrian Peterson is in the cards for the Cowboys.

When you are around the Cowboys you learn to never rule anything out, so I will not speak absolutely on what could happen between the Cowboys and Peterson. My opinion? I don’t see it happening. There are just too many hoops to go through and that “financial discipline,” that they were praised for just a few weeks ago would go out the window. It would take premium picks (top three rounds) to get Peterson out of Minnesota, provided the Vikings are even willing to do it. The Cowboys would not be able to fill needs elsewhere by giving up multiple picks. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Secondary Shuffle

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

There was a change in approach and personnel Sunday, but the results were in many ways the same.

The struggling Bradley Fletcher was inactive for the regular-season finale in New York (Chip Kelly said he suffered a hip injury in practice during the week), moving Nolan Carroll into a starting role and rookie Jaylen Watkins into the rotation. Because of the new pieces, Billy Davis opted to have Cary Williams shadow Odell Beckham Jr. instead of keeping the starting corners on their respective sides as is custom. And to try and minimize the amount of big plays, Davis went with more split-safety looks.

The Giants, though, still racked up 429 passing yards and the Eagles yielded five plays of 20-plus yards through the air, adding to their league-leading total. Read more »

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