Grading the NFC East Offseason Moves so Far

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Grading the NFC East Offseason Moves so Far


Grading the NFC East Offseason Moves so Far


It has been a very busy NFL offseason so far for many NFL teams with lots of key players either leaving in free agency or massive trades. But the division in particular has seen a lot of changes among their teams as the Giants, Cowboys, and even the Commanders are looking to dethrone the defending NFC champs, the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. So did the Eagles get much better or did the Giants, Cowboys and Commanders do enough to improve their teams? Here are the offseason grades thus far for every team in the NFC East.

1. Philadelphia Eagles, B-

The Philadelphia Eagles lost two key players on both sides of the football. Running back Miles Sanders left for the Panthers and defensive end Jaron Hargrave, who had 11 sacks last season, left in free agency to sign with the 49ers. Those were two key players for the Eagles that definitely helped them reach the Super Bowl this past season so they will for sure look different this season. 

Despite those two key losses, they were able to fill the Miles Sanders hole and sign former Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny on a one-year deal and brought back running back Boston Scott as well. And even though Hargrave left, the Eagles still were able to bring cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry back for the long haul. Plus, center Jason Kelce decided to come back one more go around. So, it was not a terrible offseason for the Eagles, but I believe both the offense and defense will look different next season for Philly so a “B-” is a proper grade. 

2. Dallas Cowboys, C+

I am not high on the Cowboys off-season so far. Not only did they part ways with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore which I thought was a huge mistake, but they also said goodbye to running back Ezekiel Elliot. That means Tony Pollard is their new starting running back. But, their offense still lacks an identity and I do not think CeeDee Lamb has proven to be a number one wide receiver yet in the NFL. I still think trading for DeAndre Hopkins or signing Odell Beckham Jr. would make them an instant threat in the NFC East but if those moves don’t happen, the Cowboys will not be on the same level as the Eagles.

Yes, they did trade for all-prowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore, but will that be enough for the Cowboys? I still really like the defense for Dallas but their offense is still in question. I think a “C+” is a fair grade for the Cowboys.

3. New York Giants, A-

Call me crazy, but I think the New York Giants had to best offseason of all the teams in the NFC East. They were able to lock up quarterback Daniel Jones on a contract extension despite overpaying the former number sixth-overall pick. They kept running back Saquon Barkley on the franchise tag and more importantly, got Daniel Jones some weapons. They pulled off an impressive trade acquiring tight end Darren Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders for just a third-round pick and bringing back wideouts Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. Plus, they signed former Colt wideout Paris Campbell who is definitely no scrub. There are still questions about the strength of their defense but overall, a great offseason for Big Blue which makes me give them an “A-”.

4. Washington Commanders, D

If there is any silver lining in the Commanders offseason, it was cutting Carson Wentz and hiring former Chiefs offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy. So it looks like it will be the Sam Howell train in Washington but can Washington do enough with Howell under center. If anything, they added a veteran presence at quarterback bringing in Jacoby Brissett but that is pretty much it. Unless more moves happen in Washington, I see them once again at the bottom of the NFC East. 


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