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NFC East Ranked as Second Best QB Collection in the NFL

Mauricio Rodriguez

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NFC East Ranked as Second Best QB Division
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There is no other position in the world of sports as important as quarterback. If you want to get a Lombardi Trophy, you better have one. And you need a pretty good one, too. Unfortunately, there are less than 32 players in the world who are considered franchise quarterbacks in the NFL. If you think it's easy to get a player worthy of being a starter in this league, take a look at the Jets roster, then think again.

Some teams have a good signal-caller, some don't. Some divisions are loaded with QB talent and some are not. Recently, Adam Schein from NFL.com ranked the eight NFL divisions by quarterback group from best to worst.

The NFC South topped the list, which is 100% correct in my opinion. Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are four big names to have in a single division.

Interestingly enough, the NFC East was ranked as the second best on the list.

Is the NFC East Really the NFL's Second Best QB Group?

Arguably, the NFC East doesn't have a single top 10 QB as of today. Even still, my answer to the above question is yes.

Remember, the objective of the list is to rank the four starting quarterbacks from each division as a group. I don't believe any of these other divisions have a better group of signal-callers.

Dak Prescott has been surprisingly good, and I'm sure he'll continue to impress as he did every week of the 2016 season. It's unbelievable to think he was just a rookie last year. I don't think he will have a "sophomore slump" as many have discussed this offseason. The kid will do nothing but improve.

Even though we love to hate on him, Carson Wentz will have a good career if we're being honest with ourselves. He got better when OT Lane Johnson got back. Before the 2016 Draft, we all talked about how Wentz would have to learn a lot of things before being a solid starter. That's what last season was about, learning.

He didn't have a great season like Dak did, but Wentz has the traits and will head into 2017 with a better offense. Prescott-Wentz could turn into an epic rivalry over the years.

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Kirk Cousins will have a big challenge this season. It won't be easy without his former teammate DeSean Jackson, but he has proven to be a pretty good QB. In my opinion, a franchise QB.

It's uncertain if he'll remain a Redskin beyond 2017, but today he is one. The Washington Redskins should be more serious about keeping Cousins, because he is without a doubt special.

Which brings me to Eli Manning, one of the league's most debated players.

Yes, Eli makes mistakes. A lot of them. While he may be overrated by some fans, the truth is, he is a very experienced QB. Not only that, but the two-time Super Bowl MVP has a lot of playoff experience. He may be playing his last seasons, but right now he is an experienced QB who can lead his WR-loaded offense to a championship run.

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With the exception of Eli Manning, this group of QBs is young. They all have the opportunity to become franchise quarterbacks for their teams and have bright careers ahead of them.

If the Giants manage to find a good starting QB for the future, the NFC East could very well end up being the absolute best QB group in the NFL for years to come.

Where would you rank the NFC East QB collection?

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  1. John Williams

    John Williams

    July 12, 2017 at 2:49 am

    I like the group of NFC East quarterbacks, but not as much as I do the AFC East.

    Any division with Tom Brady has to be considered one of the top groups in the league, even with the Stink-o Jets trying to bring him down.

    Brady’s ability, even at 39, and championships, 5, far exceed the crap that NY will be putting out there this year.

    Ryan Tannehill to me is better than Eli right now and Tyrod and Kirk are equivalent, though they have different games.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      July 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      I am a big, big, big fan of Tom Brady. I think it is 100% wrong to not consider him, not only the greatest QB of all time, but the greatest player of all time. But when considering the whole division as a group, I don’t know.
      I’m not a big fan of Tannehilll, though he is very good.
      The Jets kill it for me. Worst QB situation possibly ever.

      • John Williams

        John Williams

        July 14, 2017 at 1:29 am

        Right on with the Jets. I think Brady’s “Greatest QB of All – Time” status weighs much heavier. Especially considering he will be an MVP Candidate each season until he retires. It far out weighs whatever deficiencies the Jets bring to the table.

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

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Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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