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By PFW staff

Following are some whispers we've heard recently from around the NFC East:

• The Redskins and Donovan McNabb, despite what he said about liking D.C. and being open to a return, are headed for a divorce. Agent Fletcher Smith's comments about McNabb might be a clearer reflection of McNabb's feelings toward the situation with the Redskins and that McNabb is too classy to bash the organization publicly. The problem has been partly with head coach Mike Shanahan, but more so with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, since McNabb arrived. And our sources can't see a scenario in which he comes back in 2011.

• Cowboys RB Felix Jones might never be the receiver the team envisioned. Although he was not a big pass catcher in college, the Cowboys felt he had the hands and route-running ability to excel at that task in the NFL. So far, he hasn't — and the Cowboys have enough receivers so that they don't have to jam that role into his repertoire in the future.

• The Eagles felt comfortable releasing TE Garrett Mills considering the way Clay Harbor has come along in recent weeks. They feel good about Harbor's play on offense and special teams and think he will only see a bigger role. Mills mainly was around for insurance, although his departure does leave the Eagles a bit thin at tight end.

• Don't overlook the loss of Giants DE Dave Tollefson, who might not play in the final two regular-season games and could be a question mark if the team makes the playoffs. He has been a valuable, though unsung, member of the defense and on special teams.

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