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Eagles need to shore up defensive line

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By PFW staff

We've recently heard the following whispers emanating from the NFC East:

• The Eagles must get better along the defensive front, and at least one of their top four tackles might not return. Brodrick Bunkley has taken a step back this season, and Mike Patterson is serviceable but not special. The Eagles like Antonio Dixon and Trevor Laws, but they might be better-served as rotational players, not starters.

• Because of the labor uncertainly, the Giants will sit tight and wait before trying to re-sign some of their core free agents. That group includes WR Steve Smith, DT Barry Cofield and RB Ahmad Bradshaw, but it might not include DE-OLB Mathias Kiwanuka, who is rehabbing from a serious neck injury. Giants GM Jerry Reese hinted that the team might offer Kiwanuka only a one-year deal when a new CBA is in place as a form of incentive to return to form, but we hear there are several teams that may be interested in gambling on giving Kiwanuka a better offer.

• Cowboys QB Stephen McGee likely showed enough to get another good chance to make the team in 2011. And if it hadn't been for the strong play of Jon Kitna ahead of him, McGee might have even pushed him for a shot at the backup spot. But the pecking order should remain the same next season — Tony Romo, Kitna, then McGee — at QB.

• The Redskins were perhaps indirectly hurt by the decision of Stanford QB Andrew Luck to stay in school another year. Owning the 10th pick meant the Redskins would have had to trade way up to have had any chance at Luck, but now it just means that one fewer QB will be in the draft pool and might shift up, by one slot, the player they would be considering. The team certainly will eye a quarterback at that spot, but it's possible they might have to trade up to get the QB they want.

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