Breakfast links: A quiet NFC East

March, 13, 2013
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Yeah, these things happen when only one of the teams in your division has cap room to burn. You have a quiet first day of free agency. The Eagles were busy and are likely to remain so, but the other three teams in our division look kind of sleepy right now, and you know the reason. Maybe some links will help.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins did bring back defensive lineman Kedric Golston on a three-year deal, but their effort to keep their team together appears to be hitting a speed bump as valuable special-teamer and backup linebacker Lorenzo Alexander appears to be on his way out the door. Tough loss, Alexander, but the Redskins weren't going to be able to pay him competitively with teams that saw value in him as a defensive player.

The Washington Post reports that cornerback Aqib Talib remains a target of the Redskins in free agency. And while Talib hasn't signed with anyone else yet, it's still hard to see how the Redskins can pay him. The one thing working in their favor is that the market for defensive backs is overloaded and should develop slowly. So even if it's not Talib, they may well be able to get someone good.

New York Giants

Ohm has the rundown on the Giants' options at tight end now that Martellus Bennett has left to sign with the Chicago Bears. There are a couple of interesting potential picks who could be there for them in the first round, but I kind of doubt they go that way with that pick. I think they'll add a mid-range veteran and sort it all out in camp.

As for veteran running backs to add depth at that position, the Giants apparently liked what they saw from Ryan Torain at the end of last season and have brought him back to supplement David Wilson and Andre Brown in the run game.

Dallas Cowboys

Crickets from Dallas, where $175,000 in cap room doesn't buy what it used to. But have no fear. Todd Archer has some names of potential second-tier free agents the Cowboys could target once the market moves a bit and they clear a little more room. Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn is on the list.

Cowboys tight end John Phillips left to sign with the Chargers, which isn't all that significant except that, as Tim MacMahon points out, he was the last surviving member of their horrible 2009 draft class. Four years later and nothing to show for an entire draft. You guys keep asking why they can't get past 8-8? This may be the kind of thing that answers that kind of question.

Philadelphia Eagles

We don't usually post four-year-old clips here, but this 2009 story from the Houston Chronicle details the heartbreaking backstory of James Casey, the new tight end the Eagles signed Tuesday. In case you like to know where the players on your team came from and what molds and drives them.

It's hard to see Patrick Chung as a slam-dunk answer at safety. But as Sheil Kapadia writes, there are things to like about Chung, and the Eagles certainly could use an answer at safety.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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