It's officially the offseason here at MTC, but that doesn't mean less coverage.
The purpose of the blog is to write about the NFL 365 days a year and that's what we're going to do.
Today I wanted to take a look at what's been going on with the other NFC East teams since their seasons ended. Tomorrow we'll do the national media roundup on the Eagles.
And Thursday, the first installment in a weekly feature looking at the NFL draft.
Don't laugh. The combine begins in two weeks.
New York Giants
There's been quite a bit of news surrounding the Giants since they lost to the Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs at the Meadowlands.
Let's start with everyone's favorite: Eli Manning. Donovan McNabb isn't the only quarterback in the division looking for a new contract this offseason. According to the New York Daily News, Manning is expected to receive a deal worth between $110-$120 million for seven or eight years. There was a report last week that a deal was imminent, but the New York Daily News and Newark Star Ledger shot that report down.
Then there's the Giants' backfield. Both Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward are free agents. Adam Schefter of NFL Network reported that the Giants and Jacobs could begin contract talks this week. It will be interesting to see if the Giants are able to hang on to both of these guys.
And finally, the Plaxico Burress situation. Burress first could have to deal with jail time for shooting himself in the thigh last season. There's also the issue of an NFL suspension. And finally, the question of whether the Giants would even want him back. There will undoubtedly be several updates on this front.
It's been a relatively quiet period for th Redskins. The one piece of news that came out of Super Bowl week was Hall of Famer John Riggins ripping into Clinton Portis. But from what I understand from Redskins fans, this isn't really news. Apparently Riggins does this sort of thing all the time. Anyway, here's what he told The Washington Post:
“He’s already a headache,” Riggins said. “You mean is he going to get worse? I don’t know. I said that at the end of the season and I believe that unless he changes the way he views himself and views his contributions to the team, then I think that that could be problematic for the Redskins. It’s a bad situation, created probably by the people who run the team, that he’s been allowed to take the course that he has."
So there you have it. Rest assured that we'll have more Redskins news as free agency begins.
And finally the Cowboys. Where to begin?
We can start with Terrell Owens. There has been speculation that the Cowboys may cut ties altogether with T.O. Per several reports, Dallas is expected to add Dan Reeves as a consultant, and according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Reeves isn't much of a T.O. fan. But Mortensen also reported that Jerry Jones has indicated Owens isn't going anywhere.
T.O., meanwhile, says everything is cool, and he and Tony Romo are fine. The same cannot be said for receiver Roy Williams. In a radio interview last week, Williams took a not-so-veiled shot at offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, saying the Cowboys had "the easiest offense to figure out." He also said that the Lions (the 0-16 Lions!) practiced harder than the Cowboys.
"I'll run what I'm supposed to run," Williams said. "And I'll continue to have the cornerbacks ask me, 'Why do they got you running this same thing over and over again.' "
And finally, there's tight end Martellus Bennett. Bennett and his friend thought it would be a good idea to create a rap video, put it online, and then actually contact members of the media to show them. Unbelievable.
Unfortunately, the YouTube video has mysteriously disappeared. But if you're offended by comments involving race, homosexuality, or awful freestyling, you wouldn't have enjoyed it anyway.
The funny part was that Bennett issued an apology in the form of a rap. Here's the video from Marty B.: