After the NFL draft, most view the Dallas Cowboys as NFC East front runners just ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles who had an interesting draft. Here are trade targets and free agents that could make every NFC team better.
Dallas Cowboys: Takkarist McKinley
The Falcons declined McKinley’s 5th year option today and that means that he would be scheduled to hit free agency after the end of next year. It is very possible the the Falcons could be willing to trade him and the cowboys should certainly call up because they need a pass rusher on the other end of Demarcus Lawrence. Although on paper it seems like a strong position, it is no guarantee that Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory come back and play at the form they used to after possible reinstatement. McKinley seems disgruntled in Atlanta and would find a new team in 2020 for his contract year. There is no loss for the cowboys here as it really acts like a 1 year, prove it deal. Possible compensation includes a corner back as the Falcons are needy at the position even after drafting A.J. Terrell.
Compensation: Jourdan Lewis and 2021 4th round pick
New York Giants: Justin Britt
The Giants need to go after a pass rusher and corner back but with the amount of free cap that they have left after signing rookies, it is incredibly difficult to find an upgrade at the price of 2-3 million. Justin Britt is an upgrade over Spencer Pulley at the center position and provides the team with a 2nd true center after the didn’t draft one last week. He would come relatively cheap and there would be no loss to signing him to a 1 year deal. If they can restructure contracts and shake out about 10 million in cap room, they could go after Logan Ryan but at the moment, Justin Britt would provide an immediate upgrade at a price they can take.
Contract: 1 year, 2 million (250,000 guaranteed)
Washington Redskins: Jason Peters
After trading away Trent Williams to the 49ers, the Redskins lack a starting caliber LT on their roster and that is horrendous for the growth of Dwayne Haskins in year 2. The Redskins did draft Saahdiq Charles in the draft but he will need more time to develop and can not be thrown into action right away. Jason Peters is an established veteran player who played at a decent level at the age of 37. Peters will help Charles with the transition to the pro game by taking on the mentor role. Peters would likely demand somewhere around 5 million a year and the Redskins should be more than willing to pay it. Peters is also familiar with this role as he mentored Andre Dillard last year in Philadelphia.
Contract: 1 year, 5 million (Fully guaranteed)
Philadelphia Eagles: Avery Williamson
The Eagles made it a priority to stack up on wide receivers with speed and draft offensive line depth but they did not address corner back and linebacker. Jatavis Brown needs to have a running mate on the second level of that defense and it seems like Avery Williamson will be available via trade. The Jets already have Patrick Onwuasor, C.J. Mosley, Jordan Jenkins, and Blake Cashman to man the LB group and do not need Williamson anymore. The compensation should not be too high some teams might be scared away by the injury history of Williamson who when on the field, is one of the better linebackers in the NFL. Others considered are Denzel Perryman and Haason Reddick.
Compensation: 2021 5th rounder (From Dallas)