The NFC East was the only division in the NFL to send a team to the playoffs with a record below .500. Despite the laughing stock that most have made it, history shows that below .500 teams do quite well in the playoffs. Well, for their standards. Regardless, there is no denying that each of these teams could use some improvement in the offseason.
All four teams in this division have the young building blocks of their organization. In fact, most of them have lots of young talent that needs grooming.
One aspect of football that can contribute to that grooming is signing free agents. Whether it is a veteran free agent or a young and upcoming player, one signing can make all the difference for your franchise.
Here is one free agent each NFC East team should consider signing in the offseason.
Dallas Cowboys – QB Dak Prescott
Now, this one may appear obvious. But, the Dallas Cowboys need to bring back Dak Prescott. Last offseason, Dak was fighting for a contract with the Cowboys. He wanted to be locked up for the long-term, while it appeared Dallas had their doubts about whether or not he is there guy.
Well, if 2020 proved anything, it’s that the Cowboys need Prescott more than they think. Although you never want to see a player suffer such a significant injury, it may serve as a blessing in disguise for Prescott.
While there is no denying the Cowboys will use that injury as leverage in negotiations, Dak can use it right back. Without him, their offense performed poorly. Andy Dalton picked it up toward the end of the season, but in Week 17 against the Giants, he was off on a lot of throws.
The cold truth is under the current construct of this roster, Dak gives this roster the best chance to make a run. Unless they wanted to move in a different direction and take a shot in the dark by drafting a quarterback, they need to re-sign Dak.
New York Giants – WR Allen Robinson
Many characterize the New York Giants‘ 2020 season as a success. Others see it as a failure, while some are not quite sure what to make of it. Regardless of what you make of it, the one element you need to keep in mind is that they did it without running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley, is arguably the best player on this roster.
Quarterback Daniel Jones did enough to earn another year at the helm. It would be unfair to judge this past season, as he was missing Saquon Barkley and the Giants did hold a first place lead in the NFC East in December.
The biggest knock on this team can be their offense as a whole. It is uncertain on whether or not Jason Garrett will be back as the play caller, but one thing I do know, the Giants are missing a true number one WR.
Allen Robinson is the missing piece for this offense. With Slayton, Shepard, and Engram, Robinson would come in and act as a true number one. The Giants had one of the worst scoring offenses in the entire NFL. This New York defense proved they have something brewing.
If they can turn around the offensive struggles, they can be a playoff team next year. Robinson may very well be that one guy who this team needs.
Philadelphia Eagles – S Justin Simmons
Pro Football Focus has Justin Simmons ranked as the sixth-best free agent in the 2021 class. But, he should be atop the list for the Philadelphia Eagles. It would be safe to make the assumption that the Eagles are moving forward with QB Jalen Hurts, which means that Carson Wentz will most likely be on a new team for the 2021 season. While you can make the argument that Hurts could use some help on the outside, the Eagles need to fix some of their defensive problems first.
Jalen Hurts’ mobility adds a whole new element to this offense. His dynamic playmaking ability along with young talent in Jalen Reagor and Travis Fulgham can keep this offense afloat.
Although Philadelphia is solid up front defensively, they could use some help in the backend. Many forget that Malcolm Jenkins left in the offseason and signed with the New Orleans Saints. His departure left a gaping hole at the safety position.
Philadelphia was aggressive in trading for cornerback Darius Slay, but they had too many games where they got beat over the top or were just simply shredded in the back end. The addition of Simmons doesn’t just help the Eagles in coverage, but also the run game.
Simmons has great instincts. He can diagnose a play and make plays in the backfield. To help solidify this gritty defense, Simmons is the right guy for the backend.
Washington Football Team – WR Corey Davis
The winners of the NFC East, the Washington Football Team, finally have leadership at the coaching position. Riverboat Ron has done a great job of bringing this team to the playoffs. They seem to have hit a home run on the drafting of running Antonio Gibson and of course, Chase Young is Chase Young.
While they will most likely look for a quarterback in the offseason, the most ideal signing for them would be wide receiver Corey Davis.
Davis has quietly had a great year along side A.J. Brown in Tennessee.
“Davis pairs one of the lowest drop rates in the league with one of the lowest catchable target rates” PFF reports, as they ranked Davis as the 25th best free agent.
In the Washington system that is mostly a dink and dunk offense, Davis could make an immediate impact. A core of him, Terry McLaurin, and Logan Thomas, alongside their dynamic backfield can be a formula for success.
Rivera — known for defense — will need to turn his attention to the offense in the offseason. Washington may very well draft a quarterback and have him develop behind Alex Smith. If that were the case, signing Davis makes even more sense as he can be a pillar for the present and future.