The Philadelphia Eagles’ NFC East neighbors are having a rough day.
Today was not a good day for the NFC East.
It was fine for the Philadelphia Eagles, good actually, as they re-signed hometown hero Vinny Curry to a very tidy, incentive-laden deal (more on that here), but as for the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys, and especially the Washington TBDs, not so much.
It all started this morning, when DeAndre Baker, the Giants’ 2019 first-round pick out of Georgia, was officially charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm for an incident with fellow NFL DB Quinton Dunbar earlier this summer. If convicted, Baker will surely receive some jail time but regardless, according to Ian Rapoport, it’s virtually impossible to imagine him ever suiting up in a Giants jersey again. Expect the team to go after his guaranteed money and to move forward with their current cornerbacks corp.
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I don’t know about you, but I’d like the new-look Eagles’ receiving corps’ chances against a defensive backfield highlighted by such marquee names as James Bradberry, Sam Beal, and Julian Love.
But then, as if the Washington football club said ‘hold my beer’ the news cycle instantly turned its eye to an even crazier story with similar results.
According to The Washington Post, Rapoport, and JP Finlay, Washington running back Derrius Guice was arrested on a bevy of domestic violence charges, including a felonious count of strangulation against a former romantic partner. Guice promptly turned himself in, and Ron Rivera, dealing with his umpteenth controversy since taking over Washington’s football club, issued a statement announcing the troubled RB’s release.
As you may recall, this isn’t the first time Guice has been in trouble as a pro. Despite being linked to the Eagles extensively during the predraft process, Guice fell off the team’s board completely after getting into an altercation with Duce Staley while on an official visit.
Now I don’t know about you, but if a player has a problem with Duce, they clearly are no good.
Heck, even the Cowboys were met with some discouraging news, as Todd France, Dak Prescott‘s agent, officially parted ways with his long-time employer CAA. While this could ultimately serve as a blessing in disguise if it results in Prescott landing a team-friendly long-term deal, it could just as easily end with the 27-year-old quarterback finding more ruthless representation willing to do what it takes to get his (or her) client paid.
Buckle up football fans, the Prescott contract situation might just be heating up.
So in summation, the Giants just lost their top cornerback indefinitely, Washington just released their starting running back, and the Cowboys will once again be inflamed by a quarterback contract conundrum next spring. My takeaway? There has never been a better time to be a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.