Which team in the division improved itself most through free agency? ESPN's NFC East reporters make their picks:
Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys reporter: I know it’s not the Cowboys because they have done the least so far in free agency, but that’s not unexpected. The Eagles did a nice job in picking up Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, but for the second straight year I’m going with the Giants. Jason Pierre-Paul was going to be a Giant in 2017 with the franchise tag but by signing him to a long-term deal, they will have a player not worrying about the big pay day. Brandon Marshall is an upgrade over Victor Cruz and will give Eli Manning a big-body target opposite Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants spent big last year with Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison and saw that pay off. They were more economical this year and could see it pay off again.
John Keim, Washington Redskins reporter: Last year it was quite obvious: The New York Giants did, thanks to their big-money signings of Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. But nobody in the division was that active this offseason to make a big jump on paper. Dallas lost several starters; the Redskins added players who can help, but lost key starters and Philadelphia added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith at receiver, but have done little else and lost starter Bennie Logan. So the Giants win this category simply because they didn’t lose like the other teams did. And they fortified some weaknesses (still need to fix their offensive tackles). New York added receiver Brandon Marshall, who will be a strong complement to Odell Beckham, Jr., and Sterling Shepard. They added a strong blocker at tight end/fullback in Rhett Ellison, which should help the run game. They added interior offensive line depth with D.J. Fluker. But, more importantly, they re-signed key players such as Jason Pierre-Paul. Their defensive line remains strong.
Jordan Raanan, New York Giants reporter: This is a tough one. None of the NFC East’s teams were especially active signing outside free agents. The Cowboys and Redskins lost more key pieces than they signed. The Eagles made a few noteworthy moves at wide receiver to improve their offense, but did little else. The Giants have been the most active, adding a complement to Odell Beckham Jr. with Brandon Marshall, signing an H-back in Rhett Ellison who should bolster their blocking at several spots, adding a potential quality backup quarterback in Geno Smith and, most importantly, keeping their defense intact by re-signing key pieces such as Jason Pierre-Paul and nickel linebacker Keenan Robinson. By keeping together an 11-5 team and adding some necessary pieces, the Giants have had the best free agency period in the division. And if defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins eventually returns, it is not even close.
Tim McManus, Philadelphia Eagles reporter: The Philadelphia Eagles upgraded their receiving corps in a big way while solidifying the offensive line in the name of supporting second-year quarterback Carson Wentz. By signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, the Eagles added a sure-handed No. 1 wideout and paired him with a deep threat. That blend of skillsets will help bring a strong, balanced aerial attack to Philly. The passing game should have time to develop, as the Eagles bolstered their offensive line by re-upping guard/center Stefen Wisniewski and bringing in former first-round pick Chance Warmack on a one-year deal.