Breakfast links: Eli wants to keep Cruz

March, 21, 2013
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Back home in chilly New Jersey after a fine few days in the warm Arizona sunshine. And yes, the links are in a different order. As someone pointed out in the chat the other day, we were only planning to do 2012 standings order until the start of the new league year. So from now until we've had at least one 2013 regular-season game played in the division, we'll rotate the order. Like this.

New York Giants

Eli Manning says he'd be willing to restructure his contract if it helped the team work out a long-term deal with Victor Cruz. It's a nice sentiment, since Manning's cap number this year is $20.85 million. The problem is that his cap number is right around $20 million in each of the next two years, too, and it's hard to see the Giants wanting to add to that.

Free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora is drawing interest from the Atlanta Falcons, who could use them as their John Abraham replacement.

Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly says he doesn't think it's impossible for an NFL team to succeed without a franchise quarterback. This is what NFL coaches say when they do not have a franchise quarterback. Someday, perhaps, Kelly will have one, and he will likely speak of this time as difficult for that lack.

Kelly also said he believes he'll have left tackle Jason Peters healthy for the start of the team's offseason program in April. Peters missed the 2012 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon twice last summer.

Washington Redskins

It looks as though Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson is going to miss the first four games of the 2013 season on a drug suspension. Disappointing news for a linebacking corps that has already lost reserve Lorenzo Alexander to free agency.

With the team struggling to maneuver around a tight salary cap, it was somewhat surprising that veteran wide receiver Santana Moss was not among the cuts. Mike Shanahan explained Wednesday what went into the decision to bring Moss back for another year instead of pocket the savings.

Dallas Cowboys

People make all kinds of cracks when we write about the contract extension Tony Romo is about to get from the Cowboys. But Jean-Jacques Taylor writes that having to replace Romo wouldn't be as enjoyable an experience as some Cowboys fans sometimes seem to think.

As he enters his third full season as their head coach, Jason Garrett says it finally feels as though the Cowboys have his stamp on them from top to bottom.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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