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The Linc: The Cowboys could be bad, which is good for the Eagles

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News and notes for 1/19

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Cowboys cap issues, tough schedule could knock them off top - Field Gulls

That’s two corners, two wide receivers, two defensive linemen, two safeties, and two guards. And about seven starters. They’ll also probably lose Rolando McClain, should his suspension be lifted. Role players Lance Dunbar, Gavin Escobar, Darren McFadden, and Justin Durant are also free agents. Oh and they need to find a backup quarterback after they trade Romo: Mark Sanchez and Kellen Moore are free agents.

Have I mentioned that at this point the Cowboys are still over the cap?

In scanning potential cap casualties, I don’t find many great options. Cutting injured tight end James Hanna saves $1.5 million. (The June 1 designation is $2.25 million.) Alfred Morris, $1.7 million. Kyle Wilber, $1.25 million. And you could find some <$1 million guys too. This gets Dallas to being under the cap, but they still need to sign rookies and find replacements for all of the players they have lost.

Of course, the Cowboys will go to Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and start moving money back to save cap for 2017. This will help them put a roster together for next season while also just putting off the problem until later years, potentially harming their chances for immediate and long-term success.

Philadelphia Eagles' Offseason To-Do List - Bleacher Report

You can’t miss Trey Burton when you watch Eagles tape.

Yet somehow, Pederson and his staff have. They continued to stress other tight end/receiver combinations in 2016, leaving one of their more gifted contributors out of the big offensive picture.

That can’t happen again next season. Burton is dynamic with the football in the air and does a great job getting open underneath. If he doesn’t have a niche in this Eagles offense, Pederson ought to carve him one.

Chris Christie: ‘Eagles Fans Generally Angry, Awful People’ - CBS

“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said on WFAN on Wednesday. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”

“I agree,” Carton responded.