NFC East links: DeSean wants Asomugha

Dallas Cowboys

Former Cowboys running back Ron Springs, 54, died Thursday of a heart attack. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones commented on Springs' passing.

In his analysis of Cowboys safety Alan Ball, Bob Sturm of the Dallas Morning News writes that Ball "has some use on this team as corner and safety depth, but to ask him to go from a 7th round special teams contributor to a full-time free safety in the NFL is a rather dubious stretch."

New York Giants

Justin Tuck returned to his home state of Alabama on Thursday to help residents who have been impacted by the recent tornadoes.

The final day of the Eli Manning's minicamp drew five players for Thursday's hour-long session.

Philadelphia Eagles

Juan Castillo wants the Eagles to have a simpler defense.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson told a radio station Thursday that he is going to make a recruiting pitch to free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Washington Redskins

Donovan McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, issued a statement and called Bernard Hopkins' comments about McNabb dangerous, ill-informed and irresponsible.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post analyzes the Redskins' special teams.