Philadelphia Eagles rivals report: Cowboys want sacks leader back, Giants’ Beckham makes news
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (90) and his teammates during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Let’s take our weekly look at news regarding some of the Philadelphia Eagles’ rivals in the NFC East and across the conference.
Cowboys make clear they want to bring back DeMarcus Lawrence
Dallas Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones has sent cryptic messages about wide receiver Dez Bryant’s future, but he did not mince words about the team’s intentions to retain defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Jones told the Morning News the Cowboys would try next week to work out a long-term contract with Lawrence, who tied for second in the NFL last season with 14.5 sacks. If the two sides fail to reach an agreement, Jones said the Cowboys would place their franchise tag on Lawrence.
“We won’t let D-Law not be a Dallas Cowboy next year,” Stephen Jones said told the Morning News. “We’ll get that straight right now.”
While it’s easy to see why Dallas would want Lawrence around after a breakout 2017 campaign, Eagles fans might not be too worried about facing the former Boise State pass rusher a couple times a year. The Birds were the only NFC East team to hold Lawrence without a sack in two games last season.
Some Odell drama?
Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. responded to a tweet Saturday morning saying that he wanted to play zero snaps in the preseason, which turned some heads in New York and led Beckham to defend himself in subsequent messages. The New York Daily News breaks it all down here.
Some of this is overblown speculation, but it underscores the curiosity in Beckham’s actions this offseason. After missing the final three months of action last season with an ankle injury, Beckham is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will likely seek a long-term deal from the Giants before training camp. A stellar start to his career has provided some leverage over the team.
On the flip side, pundits and coaches and team president John Mara have called Beckham’s behavior into question over the past few seasons, placing the talented wideout deeper under the microscope in the Big Apple. It’ll be interesting to see what this mini drama portends for Beckham’s future.
Rams move forward with Peters
One of the teams in line to contend with the Super Bowl champion Eagles in the NFC next season made a significant move to bolster its secondary this week, according to reports. But just how well will two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters fit in with the Los Angeles Rams? Will he replace the talent and leadership of free agent-to-be Trumaine Johnson?
The Rams are expected to send a package of draft picks to the Chiefs in exchange for the star cornerback, though the trade cannot become official until the new league year opens March 14.
In any case, this deal is a sign that the NFC West champion Rams are going to be aggressive in an attempt to improve their roster and knock off the Eagles.
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