Grading The NFC East Free Agent Moves

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball against Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Most fans of the Dallas Cowboys have an opinion on how the Cowboys have done in free agency so far, and many of those opinions have been expressed on these pages. But what about the competition?

Historically, the NFC East has been one of the most competitive divisions in all of football, and the free agency activity of the other three members can be just as important as the moves that the Cowboys make themselves.

Who got better? Who got worse? What new faces will have the biggest impact, and which losses will hurt the most? The free agency bodies of work of all four NFC East teams are analyzed and graded, with the focus mainly on new players coming in and familiar faces on the way out (although some of the biggest moves were simply re-signing players).

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  • Steve

    Dallas also signed Terrell McClain at DT and he has a chance to start so should be included in the analysis above – I think that Marinelli is high on him.

    • Krupinsky

      Yeah, I left him out, because I don’t really see him having a big impact in Dallas. He could end up being another DL reclamation project, but I don’t see him as more than a backup.

  • Damarco Moody

    Dallas,philly,and New York suck ass!!! HTTR

  • Guy Smith

    The Dallas Cowboys are Putrid, going on an Abomination.

  • PaulTX

    The bad news is I don’t think Dallas will come anywhere close to making it to the Superbowl. The good news is they can probably still win their division. Well, I guess that could be bad news as well because a top 10 draft pick in 2015 would be awesome.

  • ctcowboy1968

    IMO the Boys grade should be better than C. They are finally getting it right and fixing their financial house. Hatcher was a product of the defensive scheme change. Now he goes back to be a 3-4 DE which he was never good at. Ware was the right financial move. He is a shadow of his former self. Also, Austin was the right financial move, besides the constant injuries, he dropped way to many passes.

    • Krupinsky

      Yeah, that’s not totally unfair. It depends on your grading philosophy. I kind of tried to keep it as looking to how it would affect 2014, and also weighing future implications. But in the end, I don’t think Dallas is significantly better in 2014, or significantly worse, so I put them at an “average” grade, but I don’t think a slightly higher grade is unreasonable, depending on how you look at it.