Yes, the start of the new NFL league year and the free-agent signing period is at 4 p.m. ET today. The moment for which many of you have been waiting. Now, I don't think it's going to be an especially exciting free-agent signing period in our division, as only the Eagles have cap room to spend, but there are always a few surprises. So let's get the big day started with some links.
The Redskins are reportedly interested in cornerback Aqib Talib of the Patriots. Makes sense given his Tampa Bay connections with Bruce Allen and Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris. Makes less sense because of his off-field baggage and likely price tag. It's not that the Redskins can't sign players like this. It's that, if they do, they'll have to cut elsewhere. A Talib signing could be bad news for Santana Moss.
Mike Shanahan joined the chorus of those who are telling us Robert Griffin III's recovery from knee surgery is going well. But Shanahan said he doesn't know whether he can count on Griffin for Week 1 of the 2013 season. Too early to tell.
New York Giants
Jenny Vrentas has a comprehensive free-agency primer on the Giants. She seems to be of the opinion that they'll let safety Kenny Phillips leave, and in answer to many of your questions, she doesn't rule out a return by recently released former Giant and Jaguar Aaron Ross.
Steve Serby implores both sides in the Giants-Victor Cruz negotiations to get a deal done.
The main reason the Cowboys aren't likely to be active in free agency is that they're barely under the salary cap after a week's worth of work to get there. But another reason could be that they don't seem to be very good at it. The release Monday of linebacker Dan Connor, who was one of last year's big free-agent signings, sort of brought that all back.
Calvin Watkins wonders whether the Cowboys need to bring in another tight end to pair with Jason Witten.
The Eagles, with about $34 million in cap room, are the most likely big-game free-agent hunters in this division. And to that end, Reuben Frank reports, they're looking at safeties Dashon Goldson and LaRon Landry. Doesn't get a lot bigger than that. Here in the NFC East, we of course know Landry. The Redskins cut him last year because he wasn't able to stay healthy for them, but he did just play all 16 games for the Jets in 2012. Buyer beware. Landry's a great player, but that injury history is no joke.
And this could be something or it could be nothing, but the Eagles went to West Virginia on Monday to check out quarterback Geno Smith. Could they be considering him with the No. 4 pick in the draft? Could they be assessing his value in case of a trade down? Could they just be trying to get information about quarterbacks, as many teams do whether they're drafting one or not? Intriguing, to say the least.