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Agent’s Take: Here are the three NFL teams wasting the most salary cap resources - CBS Sports
The Cowboys’ aggressive approach to managing the salary cap caught up with them on Romo. Annual restructuring of contracts to free up cap space by continuing to push cap obligations into the future is a way of life in Dallas. The $19.6 million salary cap charge relating to the bonus proration in Romo’s 2013 extension and subsequent contract restructurings for cap purposes in 2014 and 2015 is being taken over two years, 2017 and 2018, because he was released with a post-June 1 designation after he decided to retire in the 2017 offseason. If Romo’s 2013 extension had been left alone, the Cowboys would have a $5 million cap charge in 2017 relating to the retirement instead of the $10.7 million of dead money they had for him. There also wouldn’t have been any 2018 dead money for Romo.

The “Ain’t nobody f***ing with us” shirt is here - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t just missing Alshon Jeffery’s on-field talent when he missed the first three games of the 2018 NFL season. They were also missing the confidence he brings to the team. Thankfully, we witnessed that swagger return on full display during the Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-13 drubbing of the New York Giants on Thursday night. And after the game, Jeffery repeated the message that he said after the Eagles’ win over the Cowboys in Dallas last year: “Ain’t nobody f***ing with us.” That’s the message Jeffery uses to inspire his teammates. It’s a rallying cry. And now you can be in on it too with these cool new shirts from our friends over at BreakingT!

Youth Movement - Iggles Blitz
Rookie Avonte Maddox has taken over as the starting FS. He has played well and could develop into the FS of the future. Maddox takes good angles to the ball and he’s smart. He tackles well. He has good ball skills. I’m not saying he’ll be next in line with Dawk and Wes Hopkins, but Maddox could be a good starting FS.

Lawlor: Stars, Role Players All Shined In Prime Time -
There was a lot of speculation about how the Eagles need to make a trade for a running back. Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement combined for 120 total yards and a touchdown. They weren’t spectacular by any stretch, but they were good enough. This team can win games with them. Adding Darren Sproles back to the lineup would certainly give the group a big boost. Doug Pederson has preached patience. He didn’t sense any panic from his players, despite the 2-3 start. The Eagles are now back to 3-3 and have to be feeling good after a win like that. The Eagles get a few days of extra rest, which is much needed for this team. This is one banged-up group.

As talented as Odell Beckham Jr. is, Alshon Jeffery the better fit for Eagles - NBCSP
It was hard to watch Odell Beckham’s antics Thursday night without thinking how lucky the Eagles are to have Alshon Jeffery. Beckham is a unique talent, no question about that, and he had three monster seasons from 2014 through 2016. No question about that either. But watching Beckham yelling and carrying on during the game on the Giants’ sideline, head-butting a cooling fan, leaving the field early before halftime, you can’t help think how maybe he’s just not worth the trouble. Jeffery is the anti-Odell. Quiet, professional, unselfish. Good luck trying to get him to talk about his stats. Or anything, for that matter. He’s the perfect match for the Eagles’ locker room. Just wants to win and willing to do whatever it takes. When things start going bad, he doesn’t.

Sam Bradford acknowledges being benched and losing money is “challenging” - PFT
The new role includes not getting a uniform on game days, so the team can save money. By making Mike Glennon the backup to rookie Josh Rosen, the Cardinals don’t have to pay Bradford his weekly $312,500 active roster bonuses. While that will cost Bradford more than $4 million if this arrangement lasts the rest of the year, he’s still making $16 million there this year, which allows him to be diplomatic about it.

Redskins Injury Updates: Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder not expected to play vs Panthers - Hogs Haven
Adam Schefter dropped two late Saturday night tweets that are not good for the Redskins offense today. WR Jamison Crowder and RB Chris Thompson are not expected to play vs the Carolina Panthers. Both players were injured Monday night against the Saints and Jay Gruden said they would be game-time decisions.

Is Dak Prescott still “the guy” for the Dallas Cowboys? - Blogging The Boys
So is Dak still “the guy” for the Cowboys? Should the team look to draft a quarterback this offseason? That’s definitely up for debate, but it seems that there has been a massive error in evaluating what kind of player Dak Prescott is. After his rookie season, some were hoping he’d become the next Russell Wilson or Michael Vick, or even Tony Romo. Now, Jerry Jones seems to think he’s the next Jared Goff. In reality, it might be that Dak is the next Alex Smith. [BLG Note: Alex Smith at best.]

Eli Manning staying at quarterback for the Giants, and there are no sure-thing replacement options - Big Blue View
Manning is still under contract for 2019. The Giants could save $17 million by moving on, but would still incur $6.2 million in dead money. What if, over the next 10 games, Gettleman, Shurmur and Mara decide that the offensive line is still a bigger problem than Manning and they don’t want to jettison the two-time Super Bowl winner until they take one more shot at upgrading the offensive line in front of him?

The Four Must-See Matchups for NFL Week 6 - The Ringer
We’ll see if that works when the Dallas Cowboys, who have basically no pass-catching weapons, take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. Since Bouye and Ramsey are the most talented pairing in the league, it should not come as a shock that neither cornerback has allowed a touchdown this year. (Ramsey, however, is currently sporting a passer rating allowed of 81, which is worse than either of his previous two seasons as a pro.) Meanwhile, in Dallas, Allen Hurns has one receiving touchdown, Tavon Austin has two, and that’s it—none of their other receivers have caught a touchdown. Overall, the Cowboys are tied for 29th in the NFL in points scored. The Jaguars do not need any help holding the average NFL team to very few points, but it appears the Cowboys are willing to do whatever they can to aid in the effort. The offense is a mess. Just look at this damn thing.

NFL Week 6 CBS Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys Preview - PFF
The Cowboys would be wise to get the ball out quickly against the Jaguars. The stout defensive unit currently ranks top-five in both opposing passer rating (60.1) and completion percentage (50.7%) when quarterbacks hold the ball longer than 2.5 seconds.

Geoff Schwartz’s 6 best and 5 worst NFL offensive lines heading into Week 6 - SB Nation
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles had the best offensive line in football last season, but it’s been a tad tougher this season to match that success. Defenses have tried to move on the Eagles offensive line and especially on passing downs with line games. It’s been successful. I look for the Eagles to adjust.


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