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Cofield goes to Skins

Well, I know who I want to talk to on the conference call before the Giants-Redskins season opener in September.

Barry Cofield, who spent five very productive seasons as a defensive tackle for the Giants, has reportedly agreed to a six-year, $36-million deal with the Redskins that will include $12.5 million guaranteed. After playing as a restricted free agent for the Giants last season, Cofield finally found a team willing to give him his big second contract payday.

Like all free agents, Cofield won't be able to sign the contract until Friday.

The Giants would have happily retained the services of Cofield if he had been a restricted free agent once again. But they are not going to give him that kind of money when in the last two years they have drafted a defensive tackle in the second round: Linval Joseph in 2010 and Marvin Austin this past spring. The two of them will likely compete for Cofield's starting job in training camp, and given the whirlwind that rookies are about to undergo as they cannonball into NFL life without a rookie minicamp or any OTAs, I'd have to give the early edge to Joseph. At least in the beginning.

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