Here are this week's headlines:
-ESPN reported that Tony Romo is “progressing well from back surgery and has started the first phase of exercises.” He is recovering from herniated disc surgery that he had on Dec. 27.
-The Ft. Worth Star Telegram reported that even though Romo is progressing, the Cowboys would like a third quarterback to have for the offseason. They worked out former Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka and this week and may sign him.
-The Dallas Morning news explored how much better the Cowboys’ defense can be with Rod Marinelli as the new defensive coordinator. Last season, Dallas had the worst defense in the league and they are expected to lose Jason Hatcher, their top pass rusher, to free agency.
New York Giants:
-ESPN discussed a picture that Jason Pierre-Paul tweeted out along with the caption, “I WILL BE READY FOR THE 2014 SEASON.” The Giants are hoping he can bounce back from an injury plagued 2013 in which he battled back and shoulder ailments. How he progresses over the next month will determine their offseason plans.
-Big Blue View reported that the Giants have voided the contracts for tight end Brandon Myers and cornerback Corey Webster. Former Giant Carl Banks had some tough words for Webster, who only played in four games last season, saying he “quit on his team.”
-The New York Daily News stated that cornerback Antrel Roll has actively started trying to persuade free agent tight end Jermichael Finley to sign with the Giants. Finley had surgery in November but is expected to be cleared medically in the next few weeks.
-The Star-Ledger explored the possibilities available for free agent receiver Jeremy Maclin. The Jets have reportedly shown interest in him and he may have other suitors as well. Maclin, who is recovering from an ACL injury, has recently indicated that his agent and the Eagles have been talking and a deal could still happen.
-Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reported that the Eagles signed former Bears receiver/returner Joe Anderson. He appeared in nine games for Chicago in two seasons and had no catches. Anderson’s 2013 season was cut short by abdominal and groin injuries and he was released with an injury settlement. He had made the Bears roster last year after a stellar preseason.
-ESPN looked at the Eagles current safety situation, which has never really recovered since the loss of Brian Dawkins five years ago. 2013 starter Nate Allen, along with reserves Kurt Coleman and Curt Anderson, are free agents. General Manager Howie Roseman has said the team will not “splurge on any big ticket free agents” this offseason and the team may be planning on using the draft to help fill the need.